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Wording the WorldVeena Das and Scenes of Inheritance$
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Roma Chatterji

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823261857

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823261857.001.0001

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Punjabi Inscriptions of Kinship and Gender

Punjabi Inscriptions of Kinship and Gender

Sayings and Songs

(p.236) Thirteen Punjabi Inscriptions of Kinship and Gender
Wording the World

Rita Brara

Fordham University Press

Sayings and songs, which mark the speech of Punjabi women, inscribe aspects of kinship that may not be glimpsed through a focus on relationship terminologies alone. The contextual use of sayings and songs spells out perceptions of the natural and the cultural in this domain and reveals the ruptures and sutures of relatedness. Songs and proverbs become little instruments of power in the hands of women that are wielded to interrogate kinship practices and to enact relatedness as they conceive it.

Keywords:   Songs, Proverbs, Domains of nature and culture, Punjabi kinship

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