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

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Socialising the Girl Child in Colonial Bengal

On the fragile shoulders of the girl child lay the burden of keeping the patriarchal structure of the caste Hindu family in place. Her upbringing was that of a good well-protected 'bhadramahila' encouraged to play feminine games, read books suitable for girls and discouraged from physical activity and from dewloping a spirit of adventure. An elaborate code of socialisation was thus devised for the girl child to ensure that she fitted into the patrilineal, patrilocal family structure of caste Hindu Bengal.

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