Women and the Perpetuation of Caste System in Nepal

Keywords: caste, gender, women, sexuality, role, marriage, occupation, kitchen, menstruation


South Asian feminist scholars have attempted to comprehend both the nature of interconnections between caste and gender relations and women’s complicity in sustaining patriarchy and caste system. This presentation seeks to answer a few key questions regarding the interconnection between caste and gender. It also seeks to answer the question regarding how and why women in Nepal wittingly and unwittingly help maintain the caste system that underlies their own subordination. The answers are framed within the ongoing dynamics of society in Nepal.


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Author Biography

Mira Misra, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Mira Mishra, PhD is Professor, Central Department of Home Science and Women’s Studies, teaches in the Graduate Program in Gender Studies, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. Her research and publications focus primarily on rural change, womanhood and women’s sexuality. Her recently published articles include “Ethnicity and ethnic inequality: Recent interpretations from rural Nepal (2015) in Contributions to Nepalese Studies, “Reflections on teaching Women’ Studies” in Indian Association for Women’s Studies (2017), and “Livelihoods, households and womanhood in Nepal” in Linda Lindsey and Mehrangiz Najafizadeh (eds.), Women of Asia: Globalization, Development and Social Change (2019) in Routledge.
Email: miramishra1@gmail.com

How to Cite
Misra, M. (2019). Women and the Perpetuation of Caste System in Nepal. Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, 13, 11-19. https://doi.org/10.3126/dsaj.v13i0.26183