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Selfing the City
Single Women Migrants and Their Lives in Kolkata

  • Ipshita Chanda - Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.

July 2017 | 340 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Exploring the quest for ‘self’ in the city through migrant women’s narratives

This ethnographical study explores the process of migration and its economic, social and psychological dimensions, throwing light on the connection between middle-class women migrants and city spaces. The study is based on a survey, discussions and interviews, and highlights the emergence of a gendered citizen in an unknown and then gradually made-known or ‘selfed’ city.

Through their narratives, these women share their experiences of the emergence of the embodied ‘self’ while negotiating a modern urban space. This includes challenging existing notions of empowerment, intimacy and security, suggesting how what women need brings forth changes in themselves and in the process shapes the future of cities. 

 

 
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction
 
Entering the Space: Diversity through a Gender Lens
 
The City: Relations in Urban Space
 
Inhabiting the City: The Challenges
 
A Room in the City: Constructing a Private Space
 
Finding the ‘Self’
 
Friendships: Creating a Community
 
The 'Safe' City and Outsider Women
 
The 'Self' and the City: New Roles
 
The Outsider and Equitable Social Space
 
Appendix 1 The Survey
 
Appendix 2 History of the City
 
Appendix 3 Post-partition Refugee Settlement in South Calcutta
 
Index
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Exploring the quest for ‘self’ in the city through migrant women’s narratives

This ethnographical study explores the process of migration and its economic, social and psychological dimensions, throwing light on the connection between middle-class women migrants and city spaces. The study is based on a survey, discussions and interviews, and highlights the emergence of a gendered citizen in an unknown and then gradually made-known or ‘selfed’ city.

Through their narratives, these women share their experiences of the emergence of the embodied ‘self’ while negotiating a modern urban space. This includes challenging existing notions of empowerment, intimacy and security, suggesting how what women need brings forth changes in themselves and in the process shapes the future of cities. 

 


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ISBN: 9788190676045