ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Sex Roles and Gender Relations in North India

David G Mandelbaum The conduct of women is a particularly strong focus of social concern in those parts of India where women's seclusion is most stringently practised. Purda, which is observed over much of the northern part of the sub-continent, refers not only to specific traits of veiling and spatial separation, but, more widely, to the values about the proper behaviour of women and to the restrictions on their respectful demeanour within the home.

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