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This is important information in my research study as I plan to discuss the relationship between social status and dowry demands. In typical Indian culture it is assumed the groom will be more educated than his bride, however with changing times and more accessible education for woman, there has been a change in the structure of
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2 a traditional dowry: “A woman's actual and potential earnings have paradoxically come to be considered part of her dowry, along with every other movable resource she possesses.” (Stein 476). This challenges the typical social status of a Hindu based marriage, where the bride is viewed as inferior to her groom. This source provides information on marrying practices of brides from lesser social status, and discusses the conflicts involving continuous dowry demands: “The continuous demand for dowry is but one of the ways in which a bride's deficient political status is exploited .... " (Stein 484). The article “ Dowry, bride-burning, and female power in India” , Stone, Linda and Caroline James, 1995, discusses the cash economy market that India has shifted to in the last 50 years. This is an important factor to understanding the dowry demand, a cash economy means there is a less demand for goods which were historically produced by the bride’s family. A Bride’s family would have traditionally produced goods like rugs, clothing etc, to meet the demands of the groom and his family. However, with this shift in economy many middle class families expectations regarding dowries have drastically changed to things like televisions, vehicles, and cash. This source will be valuable in showing the relationship between modern day dowry deaths and consumerism.
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  • Fall '19
  • Hinduism, Bride burning, dowry death

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