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Of Marriage, Money and Men: Bidayuh Working Mothers and their Households in Kuching

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This paper is based on a larger ethnographic study of Bidayuh women who are a group of minority indigenous women in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. The paper discusses women's entry into paid work and life-course squeezes. As the women earned a mere 39 per cent of their husbands' monthly wages even though they had the same years of schooling if not more than their husbands, the women's views on work and marriage are examined. The paper also explores the feminist question as to whether women's employment increases their personal autonomy and independence.

Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Social Sciences University Malaysia Sarawak


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