Explaining the Skewed Child Sex Ratio in Rural India: Revisiting the Landholding-Patriarchy Hypothesis

Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. XLVII, No. 42, October 2012

10 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2013 Last revised: 9 Aug 2013

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P. Arokiasamy

International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)

Srinivas Goli

Giri Institute of Development Studies (GIDS); Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)

Date Written: October 20, 2012

Abstract

Examining the direct relevance of the landholding-patriarchy hypothesis to the dynamics of sex discrimination and family-building strategies in rural India, this paper presents evidence that indicates the child sex ratio varies greatly when stratified by size of household landholdings. The results suggest that this hypothesis can be effectively used to study the future implications of the process of demographic masculinisation in the country.

Keywords: Gender, Patriarchy, Sex Ratio, Child Sex Ratio, Sex Ratio at Birth, India

Suggested Citation

Arokiasamy, P. and Goli, Srinivas, Explaining the Skewed Child Sex Ratio in Rural India: Revisiting the Landholding-Patriarchy Hypothesis (October 20, 2012). Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. XLVII, No. 42, October 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2306844

P. Arokiasamy

International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) ( email )

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mumbai, Maharashtra 400088
India

Srinivas Goli (Contact Author)

Giri Institute of Development Studies (GIDS) ( email )

Munirika
Delhi, Delhi 110067
India
91+7042181232 (Phone)

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) ( email )

CSRD
Delhi, DE Delhi 110067
India

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