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Valued Daughters
First-Generation Career Women

  • Alice W. Clark - Former Instructor, University of California-Berkeley Extension


© 2016 | 212 pages | SAGE India

This book studies the transition of agency and self-identity in young women aspiring for a career.

Valued Daughters
traces the spread of ambition for lifetime careers among young women in urban India, who are effecting many changes by stepping out of their traditional roles to pursue higher education and jobs. It analyses intersecting transitions—demographic, educational, economic, social, and cultural, with their individual histories and trajectories—that form the context of this study. Using first-hand narratives of women and their families, this book illustrates a new and changing sense of self among these daughters, whose mothers never had careers of their own.

Focusing on the way these young career-oriented women engage with immediate society and the world at large, this book explores how they view traditional roles and how they are, in turn, viewed by the society.

 
Acknowledgements
 
Intersecting Transitions
 
A History of Women among Men
 
Gender and Demography: Paradoxical Effects
 
Professional Aspirations and Education in Cities
 
Status-raising as a Father–Daughter Project
 
Educated Elites in a New Gender Era
 
Embedded Agency: Gains, Losses, and Unborn Hopes
 
Social Reproduction and the Professional Imaginary
 
Toward Gender Transformation
 
Bibliography
 
Index

It is a delight to chance upon a book that deals with valued daughters by Alice Clark…the author should be congratulated for placing her analysis in a layered and textured frame, not overlooking the ambiguities and contrary subtleties that prevail in the societal milieu in India. Apart from the academics from gender studies, sociology, demography and education, the book offers useful reference for members of the civil society and NGOs.

Indian Journal of Human Development,
Vol 10 (Issue 2), August 2016

Valued Daughters traces the spread of ambition for lifetime careers among young women in urban India, who are changing and effecting change by stepping out of their traditional roles to pursue higher education and jobs… The book is useful to researchers and students of women’s studies, social anthropology and demography, gender studies and development studies.

Civil Society, January 2017

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Alice W. Clark

Alice W. Clark is a historian and scholar of gender and society in India, who has taught history and women’s studies at several universities in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Santa Clara University.  She most recently was the instructor on The Culture of India for the University of California-Berkeley Extension Online.  After completing her Ph.D. in Comparative World History from the University of Wisconsin, she pursued Indian women’s issues under postdoctoral fellowships in demography.   She has consulted on women’s and diversity issues in several countries, given numerous invited lectures, and lived in India... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789351508885
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