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Left high and dry? The lives of women married to seafarers in Goa and Mumbai

Sampson, Helen ORCID: 2005. Left high and dry? The lives of women married to seafarers in Goa and Mumbai. Ethnography 6 (1) , pp. 61-85. 10.1177/1466138105055661

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Drawing on fieldwork conducted in India, this article explores the lives of women married to seafarers from Mumbai and Goa, charting the changes in attitudes, values and daily life that can be seen as resulting from their husbands’ occupations. Using their own words and accounts and working through their own grounded experiences and changed circumstances, the article describes how despite, and sometimes because of, the isolation imposed upon seafarers’ wives, many have developed an independence that is recognized and often celebrated by family members but is also regarded as unusual within their local contexts. Additionally, access to higher incomes allows many seafarers and their partners to make significant choices about their domestic living arrangements which are not available to others working in the local economy.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender, India, women, globalization, seafarers, Goa, Mumbai, mini ethnography
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 1466-1381
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 09:24

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