When Marriages Go Astray

When Marriages Go Astray

  • Author: Lina Fruzzetti
  • Publisher: Orient Blackswan
  • ISBN: 9788192304625
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when marriages go astray: choices made, choices challenged/strong is an account of inter-caste and inter-religious marriages and presents detailed case studies from bishnupur, a town in West Bengal. In this study Lina fruzzetti looks into a rarely studied aspect of female agency in India: how can we understand societys concern with marriages deemed to have gone astray? How do women cope with their families rejection of their choices? this work addresses Womens dilemma in selecting ones marriage partner in a society still bound by the tradition of arranging marriages for their children. Fruzzetti analyses the discourse of how these young women set about negotiating new boundaries by denying their imposed ideal as custodians and preservers of tradition. Instead of acquiescing to rules and cultural obligations, they decide to navigate the confines of culture and their decision often sets them against kinship, family, or even ones faith, notably in cases requiring conversion to a new religion. These women realize that in asserting their ˜freedom to choose they face conflict with the expectations of their upbringing and pose challenges of acceptability to their families, society, caste, and occasionally religious communities


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