Gender Roles In The Romanichal Family

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In the Romanichal culture gender roles are exceptionally highlighted in the day to day lives of its people and their families (Dimitriva, 2013, p. 378). A Romanichal Family usually consists of the nuclear unit and any extended family members because it 's expected for the father and mother of the potential child be married before conceiving Romanichal culture celebrates strict traditional gender roles, amongst the family members in a given household. The father plays one of the most significant role as a main authority figure. In most households it is the father 's sole responsibility to provide income, while the mother takes care of the domestic responsibilities such as; cooking, cleaning, child care, and child education. (Edden, Hughes, McCormack, …show more content…
Romanichal culture forbids woman from going out in public un-chaperoned, or they 'll be seen as impure and ineligible for marriage (Edden, Hughes, McCormack, & Prendergast, 2012, p. 20). Due to this rule, the Father has to accompany his daughter in public and to special or formal events, or make sure she 's home safe. With a son, the father can let him come and go from the home freely. Children are often pulled from school before the start of high school and the son goes to work with the father and the daughter really starts honing in on her skills as a potential wife (Edden, Hughes, McCormack, & Prendergast, 2012, p. 16). Once the child is of marriage age, usually between fourteen and twenty-two, the father is expected to find a proper suitor for his children, regardless of gender. Romanichal culture hold female purity in high esteem, so the Father has to keep his own daughter pure by not allowing her into casual relationships with other young men, and never leaving her unsupervised in public, as well as keeping away impure girls away from his son (Dimitriva, 2013, p. 375). For this reason arranged marriages are common practice. The father has to communicate with the potential family-in-law and decide if their child is suitable for his. After the child is married headship is passed onto the son or the son-in-law in their new household and the father 's role in developing the …show more content…
Even though the childrearing period is short lived, the father plays a significant role in the child 's development, although the mother is regarded as the primary caregiver (Hewlett, 1993, p. 34). The father 's involvement in the child 's life doesn 't kick in until after childbirth, as it is not common practice for men to participate in child birth (Hewlett, 1993, p.

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