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Rita Afsar and Mahabub Hossain

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190121112

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190121112.001.0001

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Migration, Modernization, and Social Change

Migration, Modernization, and Social Change

An Inquiry into Migrants’ Attitudinal Changes

(p.249) 8 Migration, Modernization, and Social Change
Dhaka's Changing Landscape

Rita Afsar

Mahabub Hossain

Oxford University Press

Chapter 8 unlocks the inter-relationship between migration and modernization by analysing attitudinal changes associated with urban living such as attitudes towards gender division of labour, women’s higher education, and participation in the labour market, to generate broader understanding on women’s empowerment. It also assesses whether, how, and to what extent gender and generational relations are redefined and impacted in relation to migration. It does so by analysing gender roles, attitudes, and aspirations regarding major institutions and practices including marriage, divorce, dowry, and inheritance that govern gender relations. It presents the actual situation of the members of these families on each of these accounts to examine whether there is consistency between what they think and what they practice. In this process, it identifies the factors that are conducive towards progressive attitudes and practices, and those which impede progress, the key determinant of qualitative changes and a migrants’ prospects for a better future.

Keywords:   modernization, social change, gender and generation, attitudes and aspirations, marriage, divorce, inheritance, division of labour, women’s education, women’s outside work

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