ERIC Number: ED166264
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May-15
Reference Count: 0
The East Indian Woman: Her Potential Contribution to Canadian Society: Recommendations.
Naidoo, Josephine C.
Presented in this document is a cross-cultural study dealing with the role socialization, self perceptions, and aspiration levels of over 200 women of both Anglo Saxon and Indian origins living in Ontario, Canada. These dimensions are explored within the context of selected cultural, religious, and philosophical variables. Some of the factors examined are male-female relationships, the influence Hindu concepts have had on the Indian woman's life, and role perceptions held by Indian women which have changed from the strong traditional family orientation to a more liberated view. The change in role perceptions is further discussed in terms of changes in the achievement aspirations, self-concept, and self identity of the Indian woman. Data is provided to show that the resolution of the Indian woman's dilemma between her own aspirations and the realities of her situation in marriage resembles the pattern of experience of many Western women. A brief overview of Canadian attitudes toward Indian women is provided. Data of the survey are analyzed in determining the Indian woman's potential contribution to Canadian society. Recommendations are made for increasing and accelerating the realization of this potential. A reference list and numerous statistical tables are included. (Author/EB)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Cultural Background, Cultural Influences, Cultural Pluralism, Cultural Traits, Family Role, Females, Indians, Occupational Aspiration, Religious Factors, Role Perception, Self Esteem, Sex Role, Social Development, Social Relations, Socialization, Sociocultural Patterns
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Indians in Toronto (Toronto, Canada, May 14-15, 1977); Not available in hard copy due to reproduction quality of the original document