Work and domestic roles of the Dule Bagdi women of ...
|Title||Work and domestic roles of the Dule Bagdi women of southern West Bengal|
|Journal||Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society|
|Abstract||The traditional Bengali Hindu view of women's work roles confined in the boundaries of the household, characterized by dependence on, & obedience to, their husbands' authority, has little relevance to the social & economic life of the Dule Bagdi of West Bengal, India. Their subsistence economy compels a married couple to start a structurally independent nuclear unit of their own supported by the incomes earned by both husband & wife working as wage earners. The complementarity of the division of labor between husband & wife, the absence of a wife's total economic dependence on her husband, & the lack of any real economic authority of the husband over his wife give rise to a domestic unit among the Dule Bagdis where the husband & wife relate to each other in horizontal, rather than vertical, terms. Adapted from the source document.|
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