Wife-Beating in a Rural South Indian Community
This paper is based on a case-study of a community of potters in rural Karnataka in Souther India. It focuses on wife-beating and how it affects caloric allocations within the family using statistical and ethnographic methods. The paper shows that wife-beating is significantly associated with the payement of dowries that are perceived as inadequate. It is also affected by alcohol consumption of males in the family, female sterilization and the number of male children. Furthermore, the children of women who are beaten suffer by being allocated fewer calories tha other children with similar characteristics.
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