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ISBN: 984 05 1321 4

Cover Type: HB

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Belonging to Others: Cultural Construction of Womenhood in a Village in Bangladesh

By Jitka Kotalova (Author)

Publisher(s): The University Press Limited (UPL)   

First Published: 1996 No. of Pages: 252 Weight (kg): 1


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This is a study of social organization, focusing on the symbolic construction of womanhood in Muslim peasant community in Bangladesh. In the patriarchal, patrilocal, patrilineal society of Bangladesh, socio-cultural values sanction segregation of sexes, impose strict gender division of labor and foster a systematic bias of male supremacy (Roushan Jahan, 1983). Marriage is also seen as an exchange for security by which women obtain protection in return for the opportunity providing the continuity of patrilines. Thus a woman is rendered transferable. Her experience of social structure leads her into an ambiguous position- her sense of belonging s divided between fathers and husband’s home. Therefore the questions central of this study are: How does a society that sustains the invisibility and muteness of women, construct womanhood from birth to marriage? If women constitute a separate category from men , as suggested by their veiling and ritual exclusion on the public scene, how is their sense of belonging (or separateness) organize, articulated and reproduced in various cultural domains? If the dominant structure and ethos are articulated in terms of male position and orientation, what are the cultural provisions for articulation of muted, non-dominant views? How do women assimilate themselves into the structure that subordinates them? The answers to these questions are attempted in Belonging to Others.

This book features in: Academic and Reference Books Bangladesh Studies Sociology Gender Studies Anthropology

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