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Bengali Women

With a new Afterword
Drawing on personal experiences and interviews with others, Roy explores the frustrations and rewards in the lives of Hindu Bengali women in upper and upper-middle class families in India. Roy traces the psychological dimensions of these women as they play their specific roles, including daughter, wife, mother, and sister-in-law.

In a new Afterword, Roy discusses changes in Bengali society and culture over the last two decades which have direct bearings on women’s lives: divorce and the breakup of the joint family, education, increasing Westernization via television and women’s magazines, and the erosion of traditional religious practices.

232 pages | 6 halftones, 2 tables, frontispiece | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1972, 1975, 1992

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Childhood and Adolescence
3. Marriage
4. Later Years and Old Age
5. Conclusions
6. Afterword

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