Muslim and Hindu Women’s Public and Private Behaviors: Gender, Family, and Communalized Politics in India

  title={Muslim and Hindu Women’s Public and Private Behaviors: Gender, Family, and Communalized Politics in India},
  author={Sonalde Desai and Gheda Temsah},
Prior research on fundamentalist religious movements has focused attention on the complicated relationship among gender, family, and religion. Using data from a nationally representative survey of 30,000 Hindu and Muslim women, this study compares the daily public and private behaviors of women in India to examine how gender and family norms are shaped in the context of communalized identity politics. Building on the theoretical framework of “doing gender,” we argue that because communal… 

Formation of Traditional Gender Attitudes among Young Married Women in Rural North Dinajpur, West Bengal: Does Religion Play A Role?

Despite the prevalence of gender inequality in developing countries like India, little attention has been paid on the process of gender norm acquisition among its population. This study thus,

Engendering Political Labour: Findings from a Kerala Village

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  • Ieva Zumbyte
  • Economics, Sociology
    Sociology of Development
  • 2021
It is often assumed that improvements in household wealth are associated with greater gender equality, including greater women’s autonomy and decision-making power inside the home. Yet, evidence

Physical versus imagined communities: migration and women’s autonomy in India

Analysing data from the India Human Development Survey, 2012, for more than 34,000 ever-married women, the study finds that the communities in the mind are more important than the physical communities to which the women have migrated, in relation to certain aspects of women’s physical autonomy and autonomy to participate in civic activities.

Longitudinal determinants of married women’s autonomy in Egypt

  • G. SamariA. Pebley
  • Economics, Sociology
    Gender, place and culture : a journal of feminist geography
  • 2018
It is shown that women’s autonomy over time is a product not only of their individual characteristics, but also of the household and community environment in which they live, and strategies to improve women's autonomy should be mindful of the multiple dimensions of autonomy.

Religion and Female–Male Ratios in India

  • S. Narayan
  • Economics
    Indian Journal of Human Development
  • 2018
The 2011 Indian census affirms that child sex ratios of Muslims and Christians (as Abrahamic religions) are “normal”, but those of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists (as Dharmic religions of Indian

Women Owning Small Firms in India: Analysing Social and Cultural Diversity

Few empirical studies have focused on the interrelationship among ethnicity, religion, caste and female entrepreneurship in India. The latest nationwide census of small enterprises allows us to

Religion, Spirituality, Globalization Reflected in Life Beliefs Among Urban Asian Indian Youth

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Right to Pray

  • Ivy Dhar
  • Sociology, Political Science
    Religions of South Asia
  • 2021
Focusing on cultural restrictions on women’s access to the garbhagriha in specific Hindu temples in India, this paper attempts to contextualize the wider debates around gender in faith-based

From Black Lives Matter to EndSARS: Women’s Socio-Political Power and the Transnational Movement for Black Lives

The relationship between Black Lives Matter (BLM) and anti-police brutality movements abroad reveals the variety of ways in which Black feminist theories of justice have taken root in public



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Indian Muslim Women's Education and Employment in the Context of Modernization, Religious Discrimination and Disadvantage, and the Rise of Hindu Fundamentalism and Muslim Identity Politics


Appropriating Gender: Women's Activism and Politicized Religion in South Asia . Edited by Patricia Jeffery and Amrita Basu. New York: Routledge, 1998. xi, 296 pp. $19.95 (paper).

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Religion and modernity: Gender and identity politics in Bangladesh

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Although the Muslim world is sometimes depicted as a homogeneous civilization lacking democracy and gender equality, Muslim countries show tremendous economic, political and cultural variation. In

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On the basis of research on paired Muslim and non-Muslim communities selected in India, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines, the authors test the hypothesis that greater observed Muslim

Identity Politics and Women: Cultural Reassertions and Feminisms in International Perspective.

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