Gender Related Social Groups

See "Cultural Construction of Gender" for a discussion of the patrifocal orientation of family, kinship, and caste structures in Orissa and West Bengal. Traditionally, nonkin associations for males or females were rare with the exception of village councils (see "Leadership in Public Arenas"). With education and urbanization this has changed. Elite men, and some women, belong to social clubs and business and international organizations. Many autonomous women's groups emerged during the independence movement and again during the 1970s to address women's rights and economic opportunities. Most of these are urban based but with outreach to rural sectors.

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