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In the Absence of Their Men
The Impact of Male Migration on Women

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  • Leela Gulati - Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, India


August 1993 | 176 pages | SAGE India
With huge funds at their disposal, the countries of West Asia attract skilled labor from other countries to work on construction sites, in factories, and in various labor-intensive activities. Men from the Indian state of Kerala are among those attracted to such opportunities. Yet, while studies exist which address the impact such migrations have on men, none have examined the impact on the women they leave behind. Focusing on ten such women, Gulati examines the various health, psychological, financial, and family issues that arise when men leave home. Written in a direct and accessible style, this ethnographic account is essential reading for all those involved in women's studies, migration studies, economics, sociology, and demography. "The book is written in a direct and simple language. While reading the profiles you fell as if the woman is talking to you directly and thus they create a better impact and empathy."
 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
 
PART TWO: THE LOCALE THEY MIGRATE FROM
 
PART THREE: THE WOMEN LEFT BEHIND: TEN PROFILES
 
Hameeda - The Wife of an Early Migrant
 
Rehana - The Bride Left Behind a Week After the Wedding
 
Sultana - The Divorcee
 
Zeenat - The Unlettered Entrepreneur
 
Nafisa - The Literate But Totally Marginal Woman
 
Kamala - The Widowed Mother
 
Madhavi - The Tribal Wife
 
Sheila - The Low Caste Christian Wife
 
Vimala - The Harijan Mother
 
Kumari - The Carpenter's Wife
 
PART FOUR: COPING WITH MALE MIGRATION
 
PART FIVE: CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

`It is refreshing to come across Leela Gulati's very readable account of the impact of this migration on migrant households, from the point of view of the women.... The autobiographical sections are written in a simple and direct style and present a vivid picture of the human side of the transnational movements.... The descriptive accounts and journalistic style make the book very accessible for students and the general reader' - Development and Change

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Leela Gulati

Leela Gulati was born in Mysore, India. She grew up in Baroda and was educated at the Maharaja Sayajirao University, where she began her teaching career. Later on she moved to Trivandrum and was associated with the Centre for Development Studies. Lately she has been working on the female dimension of ageing and widowhood. In recent years her focus has been on architecture and is closely working with the Laurie Baker Centre to pursue her architectural passion.Most of her earlier work focused on the issues of women, work and poverty, and she has tried to use the tools of the anthropologist to understand economic questions. She is known for... More About Author

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ISBN: 9780803991286
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