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Gendered Mobility: A Study of Female Mobility, Space and Power in Assi Area, Varanasi, India
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study explores female mobility and women’s use of space in India over the last 50 years from a feminist geographical perspective. Indian society has undergone significant changes since the 1970’s and it was the authors’ ambition to see how these changes have impacted on female mobility. Therefore, three generations of women residing in Assi area in the city of Varanasi in the northern part of India, were interviewed whose answers were analyzed mainly with theories on mobility and gender as well as texts describing the Indian society and the situation for women. No apparent changes could be observed regarding day-to-day and occasional activities in Varanasi. On the other hand, when it comes to travels outside of Varanasi, the youngest generation had travelled the most and therefore a possible general tendency to more frequent travels among women in Assi as well as at a younger age was evident. Also, what the study found out was the existence of hierarchical gender mobility relations, expressed in a mobility hierarchy where men are on top, followed by older women and where young women are at the bottom. This hierarchy affects mostly young women’s possibilities to move about, both at present and as far back as 20 to 40 years back in time.

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2010. , 71 p.
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gender, mobility, space, power, female mobility, assi, varanasi, india, change, feminist geography, patriarchy, hierarchy
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-5895OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-5895DiVA: diva2:325209
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2010-08-09 Created: 2010-06-17 Last updated: 2010-08-09Bibliographically approved

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