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Schooling, transitions and reproductive citizenship for poor people in urban and rural north India : preliminary results from Alwar and Dewas

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Noronha, Claire; Jeffery, Roger; Jeffery, Patricia

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Corporate Editor University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education, Research Consortium on Educational Outcomes and Poverty (RECOUP)
Abstract Exactly how schooling affects young women's 'autonomy', especially with respect to her fertility and the life-chances of her children, is a contested issue. We draw on semi-structured interviews with young married women with at least one child under the age of six, in urban and rural areas of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, north India, to elaborate differences in attitudes and experiences in early married life between young married women with at least eight years of schooling and those with little or no formal schooling. All the women in our sample come from India’s most disadvantaged social groups—Scheduled or Other Backward Castes—and live in disadvantaged communities. Tentative conclusions include that women with 10 years or more schooling have very different aspirations about their life partner and married life, and are better able to negotiate relationships with their mother-in-law than do the women with little or no formal schooling experience.
Keywords India; woman; autonomy; education; adolescent; wedding; fertility; family planning; decision; level of education; participation in education; girl
Classification Sociology of Education; Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies
Method empirical
Free Keywords female autonomy; fertility; education; India
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
City Cambridge
Page/Pages 24 p.
Series RECOUP Working Papers, 15
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
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