Transnationally Relocated? Sex Selection Among Punjabis in Canada

26 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2017

Date Written: June 21, 2017

Abstract

The paper focuses on understanding the dynamics of son preference and daughter aversion among Punjabis in Canada. It augments voices across different generations of Punjabi women and men in Brampton, Ontario. Hierarchies of age, gender, patriarchal control and strong transnational kin ties intersect in allowing older generation immigrants to exert stronger influence on factors underlying son preference and daughter aversion in a context of socio-economic and cultural discrimination against Punjabis. Young Punjabi women and men are challenging unequal gender norms within the Punjabi community even as they create their own sub-culture appropriating Punjabi and wider Canadian cultures.

Keywords: son preference, daughter discrimination, Punjabi/Indian diaspora, Canada, sex selection

Suggested Citation

Srinivasan, Sharada, Transnationally Relocated? Sex Selection Among Punjabis in Canada (June 21, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3034861 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3034861

Sharada Srinivasan (Contact Author)

University of Guelph ( email )

Guelph, Ontario
Canada

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