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Title: Self-formation and Life of the Daughters in Marwari Community in Siliguri
Other Titles: Social Trends, A Peer-reviewed National Journal, Vol. 9, 31-March-2022, pp 107 - 130
Authors: Karmakar, Priyanka
Keywords: Son preference
business community
Issue Date: Mar-2022
Publisher: University of North Bengal
Abstract: The preference for sons over daughters, which is a part of Pan-Indian culture, is more pronounced in some regions and among some communities; the Marwaris of Siliguri, is one such community. The Marwaris, who have migrated to Siliguri from Rajasthan, over the years, are a burgeoning business community in Siliguri, which is a flourishing business hub. The present paper, which is a part of my research in Siliguri, gives an ethnographic account of the Marwari community’s gender perception, especially son preference which they consider “natural” and acceptable because of the various socio-cultural and economic advantages associated with having a son. Such preferential treatment often results into the practice of daughter aversion and discrimination. The paper further demonstrates how the practice of son preference affects the self-formation of Marwari daughters who are made to grow up in an overpowering patriarchal culture and inculcate the values that help perpetuate gender discrimination.
ISSN: 2348-6538
Appears in Collections:Vol.09 (March 2022)

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