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Braving Crocodiles with Kali: Being a prawn-seed collector and a modern woman in the 21st century Sundarbans

Jalais, A. (2010) Braving Crocodiles with Kali: Being a prawn-seed collector and a modern woman in the 21st century Sundarbans. Socio-Legal Review, 6.

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Abstract

Globalisation has undoubtedly shaped popular conceptions of gender and society in innumerable ways. This article studies one such instance - the plight of tiger-prawn collectors in Sundarbans. The discovery of tiger-prawns - the 'living dollars of Sundarbans' - has certainly transformed the lives of women in the region beyond imagination. These women however have had to face strenuous attacks from many spheres. Based on anthropological fieldwork, this piece portrays the struggle of women in the area against patriarchy, traditional modes of exploitation and even urban notions of femininity. Braving crocodiles and even changing their religious allegiances, these women have, carved out a sphere of self-respect for themselves.

Item Type:Article
Institutes:Intern. Instituut v. Sociale Geschiedenis (IISG)
ID Code:8314
Deposited On:30 Nov 2010 01:00
Last Modified:24 Mar 2011 11:16

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