Married women migrating from rural Uttar Pradesh and Bihar: juggling family duty and aspirations

Deshingkar, Priya and Tripathi, Jyoti (2022) Married women migrating from rural Uttar Pradesh and Bihar: juggling family duty and aspirations. Social Change, 52 (2). pp. 276-290. ISSN 0049-0857

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Abstract

This article traces the experiences of accompanying wives who had migrated with their husbands from southern Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and returned to their villages during the COVID-19 pandemic. It dwells on post-marriage migration and work which is an under-researched aspect of women’s migration. Our study offers insights into the ways in which married women navigate power relations within the family as well as their places of work to fulfil their family obligations and personal aspirations. The analysis shows how they juggle multiple family roles as wives, mothers, daughters-in-law and daughters in their decisions related to (im)mobility, work and earning. Theoretically, the article speaks to the production of gendered and racialised work and how these fit into capitalist accumulation, women’s productive and reproductive labour, and the tensions between family duties and personal aspirations. The women in the study were ‘factory’ workers, home-based workers and ‘homeworkers’, all with different subjectivities. Although women’s work and mobility are shaped by patriarchal norms in both states, the women in our study were pushing the boundaries of tradition and asserting their views within the family. Work in cities has given them the means of fulfilling aspirations, especially related to their children’s education.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
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Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2022 11:54
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2022 17:39
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/106541

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