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Sita's virtue, streedharma and shakti: politics of gender in rural Fiji Indian society

Chattier, Priya (2012) Sita's virtue, streedharma and shakti: politics of gender in rural Fiji Indian society. Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific - Islam and Gender Relations in Indonesia, with a Special Focus on Eastern Indonesia, 30 . NA. ISSN 1440-9151

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The discussions in this paper derive from my doctoral thesis which examined the relationship between poverty and intra- and extra-household relations by contextualising the experiences of women who took part in the study with historical, religious, socio-economic and comparative literature on Fiji. Ethnographic research was undertaken with eighteen women from rural Indian households from February till May 2003 and follow-up interviews were held in August and September 2004. My field site was on the island of Vanua Levu in the northern division of Fiji Islands. This study outlined the major methodological and conceptual challenges to understanding poverty in Fiji from a gender perspective using Amartya Sen's capability approach.[1] My thesis explored how although women may experience gendered poverty, they never fail to utilise their capacities for agency in their daily struggles of survival and struggle against poverty and patriarchy.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: e-publication
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2013 00:29
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2016 02:49

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