Juxtaposing The Great Indian Kitchen and the Kudumbashree: Women, Work and Agency in Kerala

Varghese, D. and Ranganathan, S. (2021) Juxtaposing The Great Indian Kitchen and the Kudumbashree: Women, Work and Agency in Kerala. Indian Journal of Human Development, 15 (2). pp. 353-362. ISSN 09737030

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The recent Malayalam film ‘The great Indian kitchen’ invoked debate in Kerala on women’s unpaid work in the house. Taking off from this film, this commentary draws on ethnographic research with women participating in the Kudumbashree, a women’s empowerment programme in Kerala, to engage with questions of paid work, household labour and care arrangements within the household. While the film depicts the struggles of a newly wedded young woman in her in-laws’ house and how she leaves the marriage to follow her dreams, this article shifts the focus to the tactics and strategies used by women in their 40s and 50s who remain within the family fold. We look at the experiences of these women who negotiate work and care arrangements to meet their needs. In doing so, we seek to understand what these strategies say about the conceptualisation of women’s agency and independence, particularly in South Asian contexts. © 2021 Institute for Human Development. Development.

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Ranganathan, Shubhahttp://orcid.org/0000-0002-6954-2727
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: agency, care work, intergenerationality, Kerala, Kudumbashree, Unpaid domestic work
Subjects: Arts > Liberal arts
Divisions: Department of Liberal Arts
Depositing User: Mrs Haseena VKKM
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2022 11:19
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2022 11:19
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/9229
Publisher URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/097370302...
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