Gen 320 quiz 2

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Family and kingship in village India

  1. Significant findings from the readings

According to Cooper 2000, in different families, the roles of people are subjected by their gender hence accounts for lack of achieving what is expected at work place.

With reference to ‘Family and Kingship in village India’, India strongly believes in kingship. Indians still uphold the loyalty of family since it still remains a value that is paramount.

The book of Stone argues that nowadays employers seek for high empowered women unlike the years before where there was fear of employing them since they would easily leave.

The article ‘when brothers share a wife’ suggests that the society of Tibetan believed in fraternal polyandry, which was useful in times of giving free labor to the lords since duties would be shared.

  1. Concepts learnt from the lecture

Different societies hold different beliefs. Others find polyandry the order of the day, others believe that women make excellent professionals while others believe that in marriage, everyone has a specified responsibility that each should adhere to (Alvesson and Billing, 1997).

  1. Tutorial question

What are the advantages and disadvantages of each belief?

  1. Importance of the material

This material enables one to know the different kind of beliefs which might help when visiting these communities. It might also make one decide whether to engage in any kind of union with such communities such as marriage.

1. c. According to Stone, media stories portrayed these women as increasingly preferring to become stay-at-home mothers rather than continuing to work in full-time positions, because, compared to the previous generation of women, they were becoming more conservative in their values. These women freely chose to become full-time at-home mothers because that was the lifestyle they preferred, or so the media stories implied. Stone explained that this media narrative did not take into account the double bind these women faced between the demands of work and intensive mothering, and critiqued that the narrative of the resurgence of a new feminine mystique often remained unchallenged, partly because these women themselves believed in the rhetoric of choice, and partly because they often cited ‘family obligations’ (rather than expressing dissatisfaction with family-unfriendly work arrangements) when leaving the job for fear of burning bridges (page 14 paragraph 3).

2.b. Read ‘The Feminine Mystique’ by Betty Friedan (page 19 last paragraph).

Work cited

Alvesson, M. and Billing, Y. D. Understanding Gender and Organizations. London: Sage Publications. 1997. Print.