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Shruti Chaudhry

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Shruti Chaudhry
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Sociology School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
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Edinburgh UK
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Research Interests
Ethnography, Caste;, Marriage and Intimate Relationships, South Asia, Inequality, Migration and development, gender based violence
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http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/gradschool/community_and_representation/research_student_profiles/sociology/shruti_chaudhry

PhD Title

Lived- Experiences of Marriage: Regional and Cross-Regional Brides in Rural North India

Qualifications

PhD Sociology (University of Edinburgh, 2016)

MPhil Sociology (Delhi University, 2008)

MA Sociology (Delhi University, 2005)

BA Hons Sociology (Delhi University, 2003)

PhD Thesis Title

Lived Experiences of Marriage: Regional and Cross-Regional Brides in rural North India

Supervisors

Prof Patricia Jeffery

Dr Mary Holmes

Examiners

Prof Lynn Jamieson

Dr Perveez Mody

Research

Based on ethnographic fieldwork in a village in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, my doctoral research compared the post-marital experiences of women in what I term regional marriages (that conform to caste and community norms with a relatively small marriage distance) with those in cross-regional marriages (those that cross caste/religious, linguistic and state boundaries and entail long-distance migration). Cross-regional marriages result from two sets of factors - at source, mainly poverty and at destination, masculine sex ratios and the difficulties some men have in achieving 'eligibility' for marriage. The research explored the process of negotiation entailed in making a marriage, the payments involved and the rituals that make a marriage 'legitimate'. It focused on women's relationships with their husbands, other women, children and natal kin and interrogates how these are lived out and transformed in everyday practice and over the life-course.

Teaching

I am currently a Teaching Fellow (Part-time) in Social Anthropology and International Development.

Guest Lecturing 

Gender and Development

South Asia: Culture, Politics and Economy

South Asia: 2A

South Asia: 2B

Sociology and Global Change

Tutoring

Gender and Development

South Asia: Culture, Politics and Economy

South Asia: 2A

South Asia: 2B

Sociology 2A: Thinking Sociologically

Sociolgy 2B: Researching Social Life

Publications

Book Chapter

'Now it is difficult to Get Married': Contextualising Cross-Regional Marriage and Bachelorhood in a North Indian Village, in Sharada Srinivasan and Shuzhuo Li (eds.). Scarce Women and Surplus Men in China and India: Macro Demographics versus Local Dynamics. Springer (Forthcoming). 

Journal Article 

Chaudhry, Shruti and Devi Mohan, Taneesha. 2011 (September-December). ‘Of Marriage and Migration: Bengali and Bihari Brides in a U.P. Village’. Indian Journal of Gender Studies 18 (3): 311-340.

Book Reviews

‘With Respect to Sex: Negotiating Hijra Identity in South India’. Gayatri Reddy. In Indian Journal of Gender Studies 17 (3). (September-December, 2010).

‘Dowry: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice’. Emma Tomalin, Mangala Subramaniam and Tamsin Bradley (Eds.). In Indian Journal of Gender Studies 19 (1). (February 2012).

‘Marriage, Love, Caste and Kinship Support: Lived Experiences of the Urban Poor in India’. Shalini Grover. In Sociology 47 (1). (February 2013)

Annotated Bibliography

Chaudhry, Shruti, Majumdar, Anindita, Kaur, Ravinder and Palriwala, Rajni. 2010. ‘Marriage in Globalizing Contexts: Exploring Change and Continuity in South Asia: An Annotated Bibliography’. UNICEF.