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Author Menon, Usha.

Title Women, wellbeing, and the ethics of domesticity in an Odia Hindu Temple Town / Usha Menon
Published India ; New York : Springer, ©2013


Description 1 online resource
Contents Women, Wellbeing, and the Ethics of Domesticity: An Introduction -- Entering the Temple Town of Bhubaneswar -- Odia Hindu Ways of Thinking -- Perceptions of Femaleness -- Images of the Life Course -- Managing the Household: Achieving Control, Being Productive, Distributing Resources -- The Auspicious Heart: Influence, Productivity, and Coherence -- Managing Life and Its Processes -- An Alternate Moral Order -- Conclusions
Summary This book is a detailed ethnography of traditional, predominantly upper-caste, sequestered Hindu women in the temple town of Bhubaneswar in Odisha, a state in eastern India. It elaborates on a distinctive paradigm of domesticity and explicates a particular model of human wellbeing among this category. Part of the growing literature in 'third wave' or 'multicultural feminism', it seeks to broaden the parameters of feminist discourse by going beyond questions of individual liberty or gender equality to examine the potential for female empowerment that exists in the context of these women's lives. Its aims are twofold: first, to represent these women in ways that they themselves would recognize; and, second, to interpret, rather than merely 'translate', the beliefs and practices of the temple town such that their underlying logic becomes readily accessible to readers, even those unfamiliar with the Hindu world
Analysis Social sciences
Regional planning
Developmental psychology
Gender Studies
Regional and Cultural Studies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Hindu women -- India -- Bhubaneswar -- Social conditions
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies.
Sciences sociales.
Sciences humaines.
Hindu women -- Social conditions
Manners and customs
SUBJECT Bhubaneswar (India) -- Social life and customs
Subject India -- Bhubaneswar
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9788132208853