Female-headed Households in the Karnatkan Migrant Community in Goa

Desiré Droszt

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Within this dissertation the self-constructions of female-heads from Karnataka, who migrate to Goa for work, is being explored. The discourse on -and construction of- widowhood, divorced women, Karnatakan migrants in Goa and remarriage is being explored through a qualitative approach. The method taken into use is an in-depth interview of eight respondents. This rapport, furthermore contain an analysis of the financial and structural position of female-headed households within the Indian society as well as a discussion of the general quantitative findings on female-heads compared with the context-sensitive findings of the qualitative case study. Within the dissertation it is concluded that women who are divorced and widowed are prone to isolation, prejudice and sadness. It is furthermore concluded that the largest hindering to a higher life quality among female-heads is the cultural discourse on remarriage, wherein a woman who remarry is constructed as going against the general welfare of the family. It is furthermore concluded that ex-husbands generally not support these women after divorce, which leaves these women prone to poverty.

UddannelserInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato23 maj 2012
VejledereLisa Ann Richey


  • divorcew
  • female-headship
  • widowhood
  • migration
  • Goa
  • India