The Changing Patterns and Lived Experiences of Women Pursuing Higher Education Post-marriage in India
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AbstractThis study explores from a phenomenological stand point, the lived experiences of thirty Indian women and struggle to pursue higher education post marriage. It encompasses the life-worlds of two distinct generations—women who had achieved higher education post-marriage, at least 20 years ago (pre-1994); and married women who are currently enrolled with a university. Using the life course perspectives’ concept of time and social ecology, the experiences of these women have been analysed thematically to understand the changing patterns in these women’s perception of a) self which includes identification with oneself, individual behaviour, motivational level, multiple roles management, concept of space and boundary and self-assertion; and b) environment which encompasses their interaction with the social environment, the available support systems and dynamics associated with it.