Translocal Householding and Rural-Urban Entanglements in Contemporary India - SAC

When: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Where: 341 Eggers Hall


Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, South Asia Center Present: 

Priti Ramamurthy, Professor of Gender, women & Sexuality Studies

University of Washington, Seattle

Translocal Householding and Rural-Urban Entanglements in Contemporary India

Based on oral histories of rural migrants to Delhi and Hyderabad, and visits to ten villages in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, Ramamurthy considers rural-urban entanglements in contemporary India and the phenomenon of translocal households, which split social reproduction across the city and the country. A key dimension of rural-urban flows of people, material, and sensibilities is how care chains morph over the life cycle of the household, with shifts in its composition and in the sexual and intergenerational divisions of labor. After questioning if regional patriarchies in India, the phenomenon of missing men, and falling female labor force rates inform patterns of translocal householding, she will make two notable observations on “accelerated motherhood” and “aspirational caregiving” of siblings and the next generation.

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Sponsoring Department: South Asia Center, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs 

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