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Uneasy alliances: Traditional dynamics in women's relationships in urban Hindu society (1910-2010)

journal contribution
posted on 01.12.2014, 00:00 authored by R Lahiri-Roy, Achinto RoyAchinto Roy
This paper argues that in spite of the phenomenal economic progress made by India, the urban Indian Hindu woman still faces major challenges and hindrances in charting the course of her existence, some aspects of which are still located within a very traditional discourse. Women of particular age groups combine highly competitive careers in medicine, management, engineering, and other demanding professions with marriage and motherhood, while simultaneously juggling the eternal roles of the docile, hardworking daughter-in-law and the dutiful daughter. It is, yet again, another sacrifice of individual needs and time on the part of the urban Indian Hindu woman within a discourse that imposes constant adjustment and compromise from one's birth as a female child. The economic context might appear to be very different in this century, and the socio-cultural discourse may appear to have changed along with it, but the expectations and the status quo of the urban Hindu woman has not changed very much, given the underlying historical and socio-cultural discourse that is still extant.

History

Journal

International journal of interdisciplinary civic and political studies

Volume

8

Issue

3-4

Pagination

1 - 14

Publisher

Common Ground Publishing

Location

Champaign, Ill.

ISSN

2327-0071

eISSN

2327-2481

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal