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Forgotten Identities -- Women Artisans of Kashmir

The contribution of women to sustenance and survival of cultures and civilization, as such, has assumed new proportions in the last century or so, with women engaging themselves in a range of activities for livelihood in urban ....read below

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The contribution of women to sustenance and survival of cultures and civilization, as such, has assumed new proportions in the last century or so, with women engaging themselves in a range of activities for livelihood in urban centres. Their contributions have, however, largely gone unacknowledged due to various factors. This study attempts to address this aspect by focusing on the role of urban women in the handicrafts sector in Kashmir.

Dr. Salima Jan examines how the artisan women, in spite of difficulties of earning livelihood in a patriachal society, have adopted handicraft as a household occupation and are contributing immensely to family and society.

Based on empirical data obtained from survey and presenting case studies, the work examines the socio-economic and educational background of artisan women before delving into aspects, such as, the nature of work done by them, their wages in different handicrafts, their control over these and the conditions under which the women have opted for the role. It analyses the manner in which the women cope with their dual roles -- involvement in household chores as well as employment in handicrafts -- and deals with their individual aspirations and rights in this context -- i.e., their say in decision-making in families and their perceptions of job satisfaction and changing role of women.

This research effort would be useful to researchers and scholars engaged in a range of sociological disciplines but, particularly, associated with sociology of work and gender studies.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788186921265
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8186921265
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2004
  • Pages : xi, 228 p.
  • Bibliographic Details : 1 Folded map, 16 Coloured photographs, Bibliography; Index
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 500 gm

1. Introduction 
2. Women at Work 

Women in Home-based Industry -- An Overview 

3. Methodology 

The Study 
Objectives of the Study 
Hypotheses 
The Universe 
Some Important Demographic Features at Universe  
Literacy Rate 
Workforce 
Sample Selection 
Selection of Case Studies 
Interview of the Middlemen 
Construction of the Basic Tool for Inquiry 
Method 
Preliminary Survey 
Data Collection 
Data Processing and Analysis 
References  

4. Socio-economic Background of Artisan Women

Age and Marital Status of the Artisan Women  
Education of Artisan Women 
Socio-Economic and Educational Background of the Female Artisan Families 
Husbands/Parents Education 
Husbands/Parents Profession 
Husbands/Parents income 
Total male/female earning members in the family 
Family Income from all sources 
Type and size of the family 
Head of the family

5. Artisan Women : Work and Family 

What Job Female Artisans do 
Handicraft Items Designed by Female Artisans 
Professional Skill 
Earnings of Women Artisans 
How Women Artisans Spend Their Earnings? 
Mode of Payment 
Wages Commensurate or Not 
Day of an Artisan Woman 
Leisure Time 
Spending of Leisure Time 
Managing Household Responsibilities 
Caring of Children 
Outings 
Motivation behind Doing Handicraft Work 
Change of Job
Job Satisfaction 
Participation in Decision-making Process of the Family

6. Artisan Women : Aspirations and Perceptions 

Perceptions of Female Artisans with regard to Discrimination of women vis-a-vis men
With regard to  status of a woman 
vis-a-vis Husband 
Factors that Help Get a Better Job 
Job Opportunities 
Aspirations of Female Artisans vis-a-vis Son/Daughter 
Views of Female Artisans with Regard to Property Share/Mehar, etc.

7. Pathetic Tales

Some Case Studies of Married Artisan Women  
Some Case Studies of Unmarried Artisan Women 
Conclusions

8. Women Artisans -- the back bone, but the exploited
9. Artisan Women -- An Overview 

Significance of the Study  
Suggestions and Recommendations 

Appendix A -- Handicrafts in Kashmir 
Appendix B -- Statistics at a Glance 
Bibliography  
Index

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