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Purdah and Changing Patterns of Social Control among Rural Women in Bangladesh

Shelley Feldman and Florence E. McCarthy
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 45, No. 4 (Nov., 1983), pp. 949-959
DOI: 10.2307/351808
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/351808
Page Count: 11
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Purdah and Changing Patterns of Social Control among Rural Women in Bangladesh
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Abstract

Using data gathered in 1966 and between 1975 and 1982, this paper shows how changes in women's productive activities and in the demand for female wage labor have affected the accoutrements and expression of purdah among Bangladeshi villagers. Contrary to the common belief that the burkha, a garment concealing a woman from head to toe, epitomizes the social exclusion and subordination of rural women, this paper argues that the burkha increases the mobility of Muslim women, thereby enhancing their social participation and visibility and maintaining rather than diminishing women's status.

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