How The Expectations Of The Indian Society Still Impacts The Lives Of Younger Generation

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The Indian culture strives in respecting and honouring our ancestors. Despite being born in New Zealand, as an Indian I still find myself falling into the expected stereotypes that surround our girls. My experiences are heavily influenced through gender, class and ethnicity. This socio-autobiography will analyse and discuss the experiences that many Indian females face. These experiences are enforced by our families to honour our ancestors and not shame the family But, it is often ignored and forgotten the personal feelings of Indian females. Despite not living in India where these beliefs are enforced, I still face a similar treatment here in New Zealand. My focus aims to analyse how the expectations of the Indian society still impacts the lives of the younger generation. It is important to note that these beliefs are shaped by the history of India itself. India has been influenced by Western culture but its beliefs still stand strong.

Karl Marx has argued that social stratification comes in layers, which are based on one’s wealth and status in society. This theory is still seen today across many societies in the world. Stratification’s role in the Indian community is based upon caste. The definition of a caste is “a closed system of stratification” (Bailey, 2009, p. 117). It is a social construction and not political. For a Punjabi the dominant caste is ‘Jatt’. As I grew up I found that this caste was widely celebrated as the strong kids and future of our community. Due…

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