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Within and Outside the Courtyard-Glimpses into Women s Perceptions

Within and Outside the Courtyard Glimpses into Women's Perceptions Monisha Behal IN most north Indian villages, a woman's life is spent mainly within the household, particularly the angan, or the courtyard. The case is slightly different in north east India, among the Assamese caste Hindus, because of cultural and architectural variations and also in terms of the work that women involve themselves in. I would like to present an analysis of women's perceptions in their lives within their homes in Karimpur village, situated in Mainpuri district, UP.' The extent of work done both within and outside the courtyard is an important variable because it determines operative process of a woman's activities. One can clearly see the extent of physical mobility that is allowed to women, in terms of outside work, between the 'mature' and 'settled' ages of thirty or above as against younger women who are newly married or married for a couple of years with young children. Among the Assamese women, confinement within the house or limited mibility is not maintained strictly, nor has it been so traditionally. Flexibility of caste interaction, tribal and ethnic influence and women's involvement with agricultural work in this rice belt area are the primary points for their greater mobility.

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