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Negotiating between Paradigms of the Good Baul and the Good Woman

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/9780199773541.003.0004
Negotiating between Paradigms of the Good Baul and the Good Woman

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This chapter focuses on how Baul women negotiate the often conflicting expectations of them detailed in previous chapters in order to create a meaningful life. Although most Baul women move between contexts in which they have considerable freedom and other contexts in which they act on gendered codes of conduct, such as shame, modesty, and chastity, Baul women use some of those gendered norms as tools to carve out their own paths. This chapter demonstrates that Baul women do not leave these norms behind; rather, they draw on them creatively in order to navigate their travels, their encounters with strangers, and also their relationships with patrons, husbands, and anthropologists.

Keywords: gender; agency; identity; expectations; shaming

Chapter.  18538 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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