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We Were AdivasisAspiration in an Indian Scheduled Tribe$
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Megan Moodie

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226252995

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226253183.001.0001

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A Good Woman

A Good Woman

(p.79) 4 A Good Woman
We Were Adivasis

Megan Moodie

University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on Dhanka women who came of age in the era of service, in which men were frequently employed as government workers. It provides an extended reflection on the emotional and social importance given to love between husbands and wives. Like willingness, respectability is an important disposition and goal for Dhanka women, whose affective labors must be seen as part of the project of collective aspiration. Tracking how three individuals are able to narrate their lives as good women, the ethnographic material highlights the gendered division of social labor emerging from the legal identity of Scheduled Tribes.

Keywords:   gender, women, India, love, marriage, respectability, affective labor

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