Fractured Relationships: Dynamics in Mother-Daughter Relations in Urban India (1900-2000)

By Reshmi Lahiri-Roy.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper touches on the socio-cultural, religious and historical discourses influencing mother-daughter relationships. The paper focuses on the relationships between mothers and daughters as well as mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law. The cultural discourses shaping the Hindu marriage over the past hundred years is also briefly explored, and it is argued that it is mainly the prevalent patriarchal discourses which are the main cause of the rifts within the mother-daughter relations.

Keywords: Mother-Daughter, Socio-Cultural Discourse, Urban India, Hindu Society, Hindu Marriage

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp.267-278. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 661.421KB).

Dr. Reshmi Lahiri-Roy

Professor, New Zealand South Asian Centre, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

Dr. Reshmi Lahiri-Roy holds a Ph.D. in English and Cultural Studies and a Master of Arts, from University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She has a M.A. in English, a B.A. in English from University of Bombay, India and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Bombay. She teaches within the New Zealand South Asia Centre, University of Canterbury. Her research interests include Postcolonial Studies, Cross-cultural Studies, Bollywood and Diasporic Cinema, Migrant and Gender issues. She has presented her academic work at notable international conferences.

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