critical questioning of changes in family in India in 21st century

Venue: RBVRR Women\'s college

Location: hyderabad, andhra pradesh, India

Event Date/Time: Sep 10, 2009 End Date/Time: Sep 11, 2009
Registration Date: Aug 31, 2009
Early Registration Date: Jun 30, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: May 15, 2009
Paper Submission Date: May 31, 2009
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Critical questioning of the family, the economy, government, religion, and education arises whenever there is mobility: geographic (within and between countries), social (up and down the class structure), and psychological (in aspirations and expectations). In modern societies, these kinds of mobility are commonplace. We live in a time when certain traditional values are being challenged. Increasingly we are opting for new values or an insistence that old values be more effectively promoted. In family life, the formerly dominant values of loyalty, duty, obedience, and self-sacrifice are slowly being displaced by the standards of personal fulfillment, companionship, sexual gratification for spouse, equalitarianism, and compatibility, at least among the upper classes in advanced industrial countries.
Popularized accounts of topics such as divorce, marital infidelity, adolescence, and the so-called sexual revolution are interesting and relevant but may contain generalizations that are oversimplified or untrue. Knowledge of the roles people have played in family dramas through time and in different societies, the new roles and values that are emerging or becoming more widespread, and the societal sources and consequences of these changes in roles and values is a first step for individuals who want a basis for making choices in family life.
The aim of the seminar is to understand and to collect empirical evidence on various aspects of family change from various parts of India and find out the logics behind them to construct a theory of family change in Indian society.
The seminar intends to answer the following Questions:
o How the emptiness in our families is emerging?
o Is this emptiness gender specific?
o Will it always lead to severance of marital relationship?
o What are the reasons for this phenomenon?
o What is the role of the legal system in preventing this?
o How legal pluralism understands this phenomenon?
o What connections can be identified between fertility and political regulations?
o To what extent are marriages and divorces influenced by societal norms and legal conditions?
o How do cultural values affect family decisions, and in what way do new family forms challenge general conventions?
Themes of the seminar:
• Globalization and family relationships
• Changing family patterns, within and across generations and regions
• Alternatives for the traditional family
• Frequency of marital disharmony
• Family as a legal construct in the context of recent changes
• Processes of divorce, desertion and separation
• Live-in relationships and the changing structure of family in India
• Changing functional aspects of the family
Raja Bahadur Venkat Rama Reddy Women’s College, was established in the year 1954 by the Hyderabad Mahila Vidya Sangham. The college has the history and rare privilege of having had the presence of Dr.S.Radhakrishnan, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Smt.Indira Gandhi as dignitaries at different functions organized by the college. Our mission is to promote knowledge and value –based education through academic excellence. The main objective of the institution is to promote quality education among women, hailing from the backward regions of the state College is centrally located at Hyderabad, capital city of Andhra Pradesh on a campus comprising a 3.5 acre plot with five buildings. The U.G.C had conferred autonomous status on the college in 1989. It was the first non minority college to have the autonomous status under Osmania University jurisdiction. The College was accredited by NAAC in October 1999 and reaccredited with “A” Grade in 2006.

Papers based upon empirical data are invited on the above themes from Academicians, Research Scholars, Lawyers, Women Activists, and NGOs. It is a considered view of the seminar organizers that the paper writers using a data base may clearly mention the methodology to collect and analyze the data. Abstracts may be sent before 30th April 2009, to Dr.M.V.Lakshmi Devi, Seminar Director, Department of Sociology, R.B.V.R.R.Womens College, Narayanguda, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, 500027. Full Papers may be sent before 31st May 2009. Papers will be subjected to review by an expert panel and acceptance or otherwise will be communicated. The accepted papers will be published in the form of a book. The paper should be sent in soft and hard copy along with an abstract not exceeding 500 words with Times New Roman to
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The organizing committee will arrange accommodation to the participants on first come first served basis.
Registration fees for the Seminar is Rs.300/. DD should be drawn in favor of Principal, R.B.V.R.R.Women’s College, Narayanguda, Hyderabad [A.P.]-500027. Registration from along with DD should be sent to Dr.M.V.Lakshmi Devi, Seminar Director, Department of Sociology, R.B.V.R.R.Womens College, Narayanguda, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, 500027.
Dr.M.V.Lakshmi Devi
Reader & Head,
Department of Sociology
R.B.V.R.R.Women’s College,
Narayanguda, Hyderabad -500027 [A.P.]
Phone:040-27564660 [College]
Cell No.09848114906
UGC-SERO sponsored Two-day National Seminar on
On 10th &11th September 2009
Organized By
Department Of Sociology
R.B.V.R.R.Women’s College [Autonomous], [NAAC Accredited With “A” Grade]
Hyderabad [A.P.]

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