“Your father is no more”: insights on guardianship and abandonment from ultrapoor women heads of household in Bangladesh

Munro, Jenny, Patterson, Patrick B. and McIntyre, Lynn (2015) “Your father is no more”: insights on guardianship and abandonment from ultrapoor women heads of household in Bangladesh. Womens Studies International Forum, 53 43-52. doi:10.1016/j.wsif.2015.09.005


Author Munro, Jenny
Patterson, Patrick B.
McIntyre, Lynn
Title “Your father is no more”: insights on guardianship and abandonment from ultrapoor women heads of household in Bangladesh
Journal name Womens Studies International Forum   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1879-243X
0277-5395
Publication date 2015-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.wsif.2015.09.005
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 53
Start page 43
End page 52
Total pages 10
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Abstract 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 relationships with their children, a finding that scholars have yet to explore in the Bangladesh context. Norms, both legal and cultural, shape women's preference for a male guardian but their experiences also lead to their questioning of the guardian role. Future work should be directed at understanding why ultrapoor men walk away from traditional roles, while legal reforms and social policies are needed to address the vulnerabilities of abandoned women and children.
Keyword Gender
Guardianship
Vulnerabilities
Bangladesh
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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