Caste, Culture, and the Status and Well-Being of Widows in India

Edited by Robert Jensen

in Analyses in the Economics of Aging

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780226902869
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226903217 | DOI:
Caste, Culture, and the Status and Well-Being of Widows in India

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This chapter examines the influence of caste and culture on the well-being of widows in India. The findings indicate that caste highly correlated with other measures of socioeconomic status and it offers two potentially opposing influences on the well-being of women. The result also reveals that the status, treatment, and well-being of widows have a foundation in potential economic value, either through bargaining power within households or through a cultural underpinning to the evolution of cultural norms.

Keywords: caste; culture; widows; India; socioeconomic status; well-being of women; bargaining power; cultural norms

Chapter.  8291 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Econometrics and Mathematical Economics

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