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"Your father is no more": Insights on guardianship and abandonment from ultrapoor women heads of household in Bangladesh

Munro, Jenny; Patterson, Patrick B.; McIntyre, Lynn


This qualitative study explores the views of 43 ultrapoor women heads of household to highlight the significance of male guardianship in the context of legal ordinances and modernizing trends in Bangladesh. Widows described how the absence of a husband led to shaming and stigmatization while the presence of a non-provider husband as guardian, despite a drain on household resources, was seen as desirable. Abandoned and divorced wives revealed that the husband and his lineage severed all...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Women's Studies International Forum
DOI: 10.1016/j.wsif.2015.09.005


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