Role Conflict and Accommodation in the Hmar Household

This paper examines gender role differentiation and its effect on conflict in the Hmar household and its coping mechanisms. Categorizations of human is crucial based on sex; however, it is the culturally constructed gender differentiation and perceptions into man and woman, feminine and masculine that is fundamental in defining gender roles and behaviour. The division of roles along gender lines places women in a subordinate position. The paper, therefore, argues that gender role differentiation and perception restrict women to claim their position and maintain a submissive role as perceived by the society.