Accepted Paper:

South Asian women through the eyes of an Asian woman: an ethnographic view on the status of Tharu woman of North India  

Author:

Jyoti Shukla (University of Lucknow)

Paper short abstract:

This study is a descriptive qualitative as well as quantitative representation of the Tharu tribal woman in Behriach district on Indo-Nepal border. It projects a model of movement of change in the status of woman and challanges in the development process and the bipolar effect.

Paper long abstract:

This study is a descriptive qualitative as well as quantitative representation of the Tharu tribal woman in Behriach district on Indo-Nepal border, Uttar Pradesh, a state in the northern part of India. It projects a model of movement of change in the status of woman and challanges in the development process and the bipolar effect on the society could be analysed. This empirical study makes an effort to highlight a small tribal community in the region with a little different setup as a portrait of the subject.

Status of woman i.e. relative status of woman means the importance conferred on females versus males in a society, the amount of power and authority men and women relatively possess, and by what kinds of rights women and men possess to what they want to do. Since very long the question has been raised that why status of woman appears to vary from on society to another and why do woman have few rights and little influence in some societies and more of each in other societies. Question of variation in degree of gender stratification stands firm.

On the basis of ethnographic view on the status of Tharu woman of North India, my study shows that the Tharu womenfolk has eventually been negatively affected by the development activity of the population due to marginalization and cultural contrast. Details of the study has been incorporated in the present contribution.

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