Doctoral thesis on Role of Adult Literacy in Transforming the Lives of Indian Women

On Tuesday 4 April 2017, at 13.00, Khaleda Gani Dutt at the Institute of International Education, Department of Education, Stockholm University, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation within the field of International and Comparative Education. The thesis is entitled ”The Role of Adult Literacy in Transforming the Lives of Women in Rural India: Overcoming Gender Inequalities. Comparative case studies in Bhilwara District, Rajasthan & Howrah District, West Bengal, India”. Venue: Lilla Hörsalen, Naturhistoriska riksmuseet, Frescativägen 40, Stockholm. The faculty opponent was Professor Airi Rovio-Johansson from Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI) at School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg. The NSAN editor Lars Eklund attended the dissertation.
Abstract: The Indian diaspora is woven around castes, languages, dialects, religions- a young nation boasting of an ancient civilization in which inequalities are deeply ingrained in its culture and traditions. Although vital government interventions have succeeded in increasing the literacy rate of women in both urban and rural areas general household characteristics such as income, caste, occupation and education attainments of parents still continue to determine access, attendance, completion and learning outcomes of girls and women from severely disadvantaged communities. The critical issue investigated in the comparative case study is why and how established hegemonic roles changed because of the catalytic role of adult literacy.
The research was conducted in Bhilwara District, Rajasthan and Howrah District, West Bengal, India where literacy has played an intrinsic role in transforming the lives of the rural and marginalized women. In Indian society social norms often prevent women from exercising their free choice and from taking full and equal advantage of opportunities for individual development, contribution and reward. Read more...
In the February 2017 issue of the peer reviewed magazine Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, Khaleda has published an article entitled ”Reversing the Gaze Through Intergenerational Learning”. Go for the article.