ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Family as an Area of Power Struggle

Family as an Area of Power Struggle C S Lakshmi THIS is in continuation of the debate on dowry (C S Lakshmi, January 28; J P Jain, February 18; Madhu Kishwar, March 18). No person concerned about issues relating to women, not even one supposedly given to "confused diatribes" like me, would dispute the fact that the idyllic family does not exist just as the idyllic village and the idyllic state of existence do not. What the present society has brought about is not a transformation from simple to complex but a transformation of the nature of already existing complexities. That the family continues to be the major area of power struggle is a fact all those involved in women's issues are agreed upon. The disagreement arises mainly from different approaches suggested in tackling and confronting this power struggle to seek a better status for the woman in the family. One way of approaching the issue can be to function within the existing parameters of the power struggle and to reverse the parameters in favour of the woman. Another is to question the parameters themselves, seek their roots, subject them to scrutiny and discard them in favour of another, again for the benefit of the woman.

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