Matrilineal Communities, Patriarchal Realities

By: Kanchana N. Ruwanpura

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In rejecting falsely homogenizing accounts of women's lives, feminist economists have, in recent years, unlocked the multiple ways in which gendered relations of dominance and subordination are maintained. One of the key differences they have turned their attention to is ethnicity. This study of Muslim, Sinhala and Tamil households, in Sri Lanka examines both the commonality of patriarchal structures and economic problems in such households, as well as the differences created by the ethnicities that divide them. The author looks at the nature and reliability of kinship support for female heads and the reciprocal obligations in terms of female propriety and conventional conduct extracted from female heads. She questions development policies premised on the patriarchal household and argues for a recognition of diversity and complexity. Contents Acknowledgement 1. Introduction: Unpacking A Feminist Nirvana 2. Diverse Households: Literature on Female-headship 3. The “Grand” and “Meta” Narratives: Situating Sri Lankan Female-heads 4. Matrilineal Muslims: Female-heads in Muslim Community 5. Variation on a Theme: Sinhala Female-heads in Hybrid Lineage Systems 6. Matriclan Ideologies and Patriarchal Structures: Female-headships among Tamils 7. Dutiful Daughters, Sacrificing Sons 8. Jugging Acts: Political, Economic and Social Realities 9. Nearing Limits or Pushing Boundaries? 10. Conclusion: Interested Engagement–Feminist Issues in Development Economics Appendix A Appendix B Appendix C References. Printed Pages: 253.

Title: Matrilineal Communities, Patriarchal Realities

Author Name: Kanchana N. Ruwanpura

Categories: Women's Studies, India,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Zubaan:

ISBN: 8189013041

ISBN 13: 9788189013042

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 027147

Keywords: Matrilineal Patriarchal India