Contextualizing Gender Dynamics: A Study of Muslim Women in Rural Haryana

This paper discusses how gender dynamics shape different facets of everyday life of Muslim women of rural Haryana such as education, aspirations, work, mobility and conformity to gendered norms. It argues that socio-economic conditions forged with culturally experienced gender norms shape the unique identity of these women. Based on qualitative study with in-depth interviews of different castes in Haryana, it explores various gendered roles performed by women. It aims to understand the dynamics of gender experienced by these women in their everyday life. It offers insight into the lives of the women with regard to their regional and religious identity which shapes their everyday being in view of gender stereotypes, stated son preference, family honour and dowry. It brings out that bodies are an integral part of the being and existence of a woman to perform their gendered roles and behaviour, defining her experiences.