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“I’ve Done Nothing Wrong”

Lisa I. Knight

in Contradictory Lives

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199773541
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897353 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773541.003.0003
“I’ve Done Nothing Wrong”

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Baul women are caught between having to meet the expectations of potential sponsors, who seek Bauls who act unencumbered (as described in Chapter 2), and the expectations of neighboring non-Baul community members, who view such Baul behavior as antithetical to the good Bengali wife and mother (the focus of this chapter). Chapter 3 looks specifically at how Baul women describe patriarchal discourses of feminine respectability, paying particular attention to the ways in which Baul women compare their own lives and behaviors with those of their neighbors. It also compares gendered norms and expectations with Baul discourses about the value and respect due women.

Keywords: Baul women; gender; feminine respectability; reputation; shame; honor; purdah

Chapter.  12131 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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