New Roles and Old Bodies: Role Transformation Among Ageing Women in Kolkata
Women are considered to fulfill the role of the primary care-giver all throughout their lives. The study unpacks the idea of caregiving in these two contexts and finds that an intersectionality of class, marital biographies and kind of relationships, past and present play a significant role in determining their roles, either as ‘active citizen’ or consumers respectively in the two cases. It also exposes the fallacy of assuming that a woman’s life in later years is defined only by her familial roles. For instance, not having to undertake traditional roles of grand parenting or performing duties of the wife can be quite liberating for women. The study concludes that the kind of mediation of care, by caregivers other than relatives, to a great extent determines the kind of attitudes, role and identities ageing women acquire.