Gendered Migration : Social , Psychological and Cultural Aspects of a Migrant Woman in Bharti Mukherjeeā€™s Jasmine


Author Name

Nagma

Author Address

Research Scholar, Department of Humanities, Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal, Email ā€“ [email protected]

Keywords

Research Scholar, Department of Humanities, Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal, Email ā€“ [email protected]

Abstract

Risk and Transformation are the words  that define the world of a migrant while travelling to a new land and this serves as a base of the realization of the self and development of a new identity .In this paper, Gendered Migration is the concept focused upon the protagonist of ‘Jasmine’ by Bharti Mukherjee highlighting  how migration becomes a platform to the development of a social, psychological and cultural life of a migrant. Gendered Migration provides  the lense  to see the struggles of a woman. The struggles help her to form a new identity, which is not based on a stereotypical and pre-defined concept, rather customized according to the needs of a migrating woman. The outcome is a completely new Individual who has realized the importance of self by making the realizations and enlightenments of her own.

Jasmine  as the migrating woman defines new paradigms of the social, psychological and cultural aspectsof the society. She transforms herself as Kali(a symbol of the destruction) against the image of a woman stereotype where the female is only considered the symbol of productivity and thus uplifts the social standards of the women in society. The psychological state of a widow whose life should be based on mourning about the death of her husband is seen taking a turn when instead of wailing about the wrongs in her life a women develops a positive perspective towards her own life with an urge of achieving something. The ability of a woman to adjust in any new situation makes her flexible enough to develop a sort of cultural hybridity. This paper will focus about defining these concepts from the perspective of a migrating woman.


Conference

International Conference on Migration, Diaspora and Development
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