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Analyses in the Economics of Aging$
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David A. Wise

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226902869

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226903217.001.0001

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Caste, Culture, and the Status and Well-Being of Widows in India

Caste, Culture, and the Status and Well-Being of Widows in India

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(p.357) 11 Caste, Culture, and the Status and Well-Being of Widows in India
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Analyses in the Economics of Aging
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Robert Jensen
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226903217.003.0012

This chapter examines the influence of caste and culture on the well-being of widows in India. The findings indicate that caste highly correlated with other measures of socioeconomic status and it offers two potentially opposing influences on the well-being of women. The result also reveals that the status, treatment, and well-being of widows have a foundation in potential economic value, either through bargaining power within households or through a cultural underpinning to the evolution of cultural norms.

Keywords:   caste, culture, widows, India, socioeconomic status, well-being of women, bargaining power, cultural norms

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