Don't Marry Me to a Plowman!
Women's Everyday Lives in North India
Don't Marry Me to a Plowman! by Patricia Jeffery
Book DescriptionPopular Western images of Indian women range from submissive brides behind their veils to the powerful, active women of Indian politics. In this lively and unique book, Patricia and Roger Jeffery present a different perspective on women's lives. Focusing on the mundane rather than the exotic, they explore the complex interplay between the power of social structures to constrain individuals and the ways women negotiate these constraints to carve out places for themselves.Based on information collected by the authors during their research in villages in Bijnor District, western Uttar Pradesh, the volume offers eight life histories of Hindu and Muslim women. The women's life histories present a variety of class positions and domestic circumstances, illustrating many aspects of north Indian village life. Interspersed with thematic discussions composed of dialogues, episodes, and songs, the life histories deal with topics of vital concern for women in rural north India: the birth of children, worries about dowry, arranging weddings, sexual politics in marriage, relationships with in-laws, relationships with natal kin, and widowhood.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813326214
(229mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1996
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Patricia Jeffery
Migrants and Refugees, Paperback (March 2010)
This study analyses the immigration of Muslim and Christian Pakistani families coming into Britain.
Appropriating Gender, Paperback (January 1998)
A comprehensive collection of essays that examines the roles of women in fundamentalist movements, as well as the gender policies of these movements and of the South Asian states in which they operate.
Population, Gender and Politics, Paperback (July 1997)» View all books by Patricia Jeffery
This is a study of the demographic processes of two castes in rural north India, that asks why fertility levels are higher among the Muslim Sheikhs than the Hindu Jats.
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Author Biography - Patricia Jeffery
Patricia Jeffery and Roger Jeffery both teach in the Sociology Department at the University of Edinburgh. Patricia Jeffery and Roger Jeffery both teach in the Sociology Department at the University of Edinburgh.
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