India’s sex ratio patterning and gender geography:the curious position of Chhattisgarh

Chanchani, Devanshi (2019) India’s sex ratio patterning and gender geography:the curious position of Chhattisgarh. Contemporary South Asia, 27 (2). pp. 229-246. ISSN 0958-4935

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From an interpretation of gender relations in the Chhattisgarhi plains of central India, this paper contributes to theoretical debates on the regional geography of female autonomy and its economic or cultural underpinnings. It seeks to unpack the multi-layered dynamic of gender relations in Chhattisgarh that defy easy generalisation. Kinship systems for non-adivasi groups follow important ‘northern’ or exogamous principals, which are argued, by Dyson and Moore’s thesis, to be unfavourable to female power or autonomy. Counter-intuitively, gender relations are relatively egalitarian when judged by indicators such as sex ratio, and attitudes towards female sexuality or remarriage, while son-preference in the family composition finds a sharp expression. Whereas Chhattisgarh displays unique cultural characteristics, the dependence on women’s labour in the state’s rice-based agrarian economy may make women’s position less susceptible to subordination, and conceivably mitigate the predicted unfavourable-to-women effects of exogamous marriage.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: chhattisgarh,demography,female autonomy,gender,india,kinship,sex ratio,geography, planning and development,development,political science and international relations ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3305
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2019 14:30
Last Modified: 13 May 2023 00:52
DOI: 10.1080/09584935.2018.1557108

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