Culture in Action: Family Life, Emotion, and Male Dominance in Banaras, India

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1995 - Social Science - 232 pages
In Culture in Action Derne explores the interconnections between male dominance, joint-family living, Indian emotional life, and a cultural focus on group pressures. Derne emphasizes the Hindu focus on the social group, but shows that men often distance themselves from group culture by marrying for love, separating from their parents, or embracing closeness with their wives.

Derne's suggestion that Indian men's cultural focus on the group limits men's and women's strategies for breaking cultural norms offers a new approach to understanding how culture constrains. He shows how the child-rearing practices and emotional tensions associated with joint-family living shape Indians' group emphasis. This approach suggests that the Hindu focus on the group is intimately connected with male dominance.

 

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Contents

Until recently the dominant perspective in the social sciences has
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and eco
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One reason that 35yearold RP Mishra embraces jointfamily living
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Jtxajesh Yadav 27 enjoys wearing stylish Westernized clothes and
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Oeveral men who consent enthusiastically to having their marriages
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JNandu Gupta a 35yearold high school graduate who heads a
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While bringing him tea Lakshmi Mishra jokes with her husband
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While the threat of dishonor is an important constraint some
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In this chapter I explore the uneven hold of cultural
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Go far I have emphasized how practices associated with jointfamily
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Catherine Lutz 1988 urges a focus on ethnopsychologycommon
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NOTES
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
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About the author (1995)

Steve Derne is Assistant Professor of Sociology at State University of New York, College at Geneseo. He received the Society for Psychological Anthropology's 1991 Stirling Award for his work on family structure and self-conceptions.

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