Reconceptualising Empowerment: A Study of Urban Middle Class Married Women in Dhaka City

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163971
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Reconceptualising Empowerment: A Study of Urban Middle Class Married Women in Dhaka City
Author(s):
Khandoker, Nasrin
Author Details:
Nasrin Khandoker, Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh, email: nasrin.khandoker@gmail.com
Abstract:
Development is not unquestioned and its concern about women empowerment has also created some strong criticism by various creative scholars. In that perspective I don't want to analyse 'women empowerment' uncritically which has some problematic presumption that women are victim, inactive and need to be empowered by some external forces/ factors. In my research I saw women are not always victims, object, inactive - rather they are struggling with patriarchy by bargaining in their daily marital relation. In personal sphere, woman with her male partner, has a dynamic power relation and simultaneously in a broad perspective male domination over woman acts with the help of gender discriminatory ideology and patriarchy. To understand women's subordination, we have to analyse the personal sphere where women are resisting in their daily life as well as the gender ideology, which continuously reconstruct and reshape patriarchal system. Both the spheres are very much interrelated. In my research with several married couples of urban middle class family, I observed those women as very conscious about patriarchal system and continuously trying to resist as well as accommodate with it. They are continuously trying to break or spread the limits, which are established by patriarchal system and discriminatory gender ideology by their daily strategies. I wanted to examine their resistance whether it is powerful enough to challenge the patriarchy or not and found that their resistances at last accommodate with patriarchy and make the system strong and acceptable. But I don't think that because of that accommodation we should devalue those agencies. Rather it enables us to see these women who have those agencies to empower themselves, which was women empowerment project.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2006
Conference Host:
McMaster University
Conference Location:
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Description:
2006 International Conference: Dhaka, Bangladesh. The International Conference on the Impact of Global Issues on Women and Children, co-organized by McMaster University and the State University of Bangladesh, is an opportunity for the interdisciplinary exchange of development expertise and will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from February 12-16, 2006.
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleReconceptualising Empowerment: A Study of Urban Middle Class Married Women in Dhaka Cityen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKhandoker, Nasrinen_US
dc.author.detailsNasrin Khandoker, Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh, email: nasrin.khandoker@gmail.comen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163971-
dc.description.abstractDevelopment is not unquestioned and its concern about women empowerment has also created some strong criticism by various creative scholars. In that perspective I don't want to analyse 'women empowerment' uncritically which has some problematic presumption that women are victim, inactive and need to be empowered by some external forces/ factors. In my research I saw women are not always victims, object, inactive - rather they are struggling with patriarchy by bargaining in their daily marital relation. In personal sphere, woman with her male partner, has a dynamic power relation and simultaneously in a broad perspective male domination over woman acts with the help of gender discriminatory ideology and patriarchy. To understand women's subordination, we have to analyse the personal sphere where women are resisting in their daily life as well as the gender ideology, which continuously reconstruct and reshape patriarchal system. Both the spheres are very much interrelated. In my research with several married couples of urban middle class family, I observed those women as very conscious about patriarchal system and continuously trying to resist as well as accommodate with it. They are continuously trying to break or spread the limits, which are established by patriarchal system and discriminatory gender ideology by their daily strategies. I wanted to examine their resistance whether it is powerful enough to challenge the patriarchy or not and found that their resistances at last accommodate with patriarchy and make the system strong and acceptable. But I don't think that because of that accommodation we should devalue those agencies. Rather it enables us to see these women who have those agencies to empower themselves, which was women empowerment project.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:35:50Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:35:50Z-
dc.conference.date2006-
dc.conference.hostMcMaster Universityen_US
dc.conference.locationDhaka, Bangladeshen_US
dc.description2006 International Conference: Dhaka, Bangladesh. The International Conference on the Impact of Global Issues on Women and Children, co-organized by McMaster University and the State University of Bangladesh, is an opportunity for the interdisciplinary exchange of development expertise and will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from February 12-16, 2006.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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