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Women and Work in South Asia: Regional Patterns and Perspectives

edited by Saraswati Raju and Deipica Bagchi
Format
Book
Published
London ; New York : Routledge, 1993.
Language
English
ISBN
0415042496, 9780415042499
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Summary
Women's work in South Asia often remains invisible in official statistics and development research. This is partly due to the inadequacy of the national data systems and partly because existing sociocultural constraints restrict women's participation in economic activities outside the domain of the family. The pattern of female labour participation in South Asia has distinct spatial dimensions which cannot be explained in terms of economic rationale alone; the region-specific context defining women's roles remains vitally important. This book integrates different scales of analysis and methodologies with indigenous and Western contributors combining macro and micro studies. Highlighting the 'public' and 'private' domains of women's work, the book discusses both the inadequacies of nationally published data at an aggregate level and regional and locally-induced religious, cultural and societal constraints on gender relations. Setting contextually specific studies within a broader geographical framework, Women and Work in South Asia explores the real connection between female autonomy and economic independence.
Contents
  • Work in South Asia: an interregional perspective / Kalpana Bardhan
  • Gender and caste inequities in workforce participation in urban India: a sociospatial interpretation / Saraswati Raju
  • Women, agriculture and the sexual division of labour: a three-state comparison / Joan Mencher
  • The household economy and women's work in Nepal / Meena Acharya
  • The household and extrahousehold work of rural women in a changing resource environment in Madhya Pradesh, India / Deipica Bagchi
  • Women's work in a central Indian village: a photo essay / Doranne Jacobson.
  • Agricultural development and work pattern of women in a north Indian village / Huma Ahmed-Ghosh
  • Division of labour and women's work in a mountain society: Hunza Valley in Pakistan / Sabine Felmy
  • Towards increased autonomy? Peasant women's work in the north-central province of Sri Lanka / Joke Schrijvers
  • Women and families' economic organisation in a Punjabi village, Pakistan / Joyce Aschenbrenner
  • In sum and looking beyond: suggestions for future research / Deipica Bagchi and Saraswati Raju.
Description
xviii, 282 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 252-272) and index.
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