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The Remembered Village$
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M.N. Srinivas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198077459

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077459.001.0001

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The Sexes and the Household

The Sexes and the Household

(p.153) Chapter 5 The Sexes and the Household
The Remembered Village

M.N. Srinivas

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This chapter notes that sex difference provided an important basis for division of labour, and this was true for all the castes. Among all castes, the kitchen was a recognized sphere of feminine activity, but the extent of participation in a man's traditional occupation varied from caste to caste, and household to household. Generally, women from the richest households and the highest castes remained confined to their homes while women from the poorest households and lowest castes worked outside for cash wages. It was the male head of the household who carried out the traditional caste occupation—be it agriculture, smithy, trade, or priesthood. Meanwhile, sex was regarded as a natural urge just like hunger. It is said in Rampura that no ordinary man could control his sexual urge except perhaps for brief periods.

Keywords:   sexual division, marital relations, sex difference, division of labour, women's role, caste occupation, sexual urge, Rampura

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