Democracy in the Family: Insights from India by Joy Deshmukh-Ranadive

By Joy Deshmukh-Ranadive

This publication is a compilation of various learn equipment on addressing justice within the relations. it truly is in keeping with the subject matter of the relevance of the ethos of democracy to a relations. What makes this ebook varied and engaging is the style within which diversified perspectives on a unmarried topic are analysed after which reconciled. This paintings features a dialogue at the implications of oppressive households on gender changes, and the ways that those are being negotiated or reworked.

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But when it comes to buying clothes, he will buy them for my brother. Why? Because he works in an office but not for me because I work in a factory. I feel so ashamed going in the same clothes to work. Once I went and bought a dress with my friends but then I got such a beating from my father that I dare not do it again. We buy new clothes only during Diwali. This time we bought second hand clothes, as new ones were too expensive. My father and my mother did not buy anything. Earlier we used to buy clothes from near our house but now we go to the Parel wholesale market, where they are much cheaper and you have a good range.

The household maintains links with the larger kin network through contributions to the Ganpati festival, taking turns for puja of the community deity, or keeping fasts on a rotation basis. The social and other costs of being an outcast would be too high for women. Married women were considered critical for social links in the household and therefore had more responsibilities towards maintaining the kinship network. Unmarried women’s link with the larger social kin network was mediated by their parents.

Traditionally, men are seen as the main earners and also happen to be so but the reality was that not even a joint income of several members was sufficient to support the entire family. Forty-one per cent of the households were at a subsistence level with a per capita income between Rs 421 and Rs 840. Twenty per cent of them had a per capita income of less than Rs 420 or below the poverty line as defined by official statistics. In the pooling of incomes, men’s earnings formed the major proportion and women’s incomes were complementary to them.

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