LOCATING THE OUTSIDER WITHIN: Studying Childless Women in India


  • Catherine Kohler Riessman Professor and Director of the doctoral program, Social Work and Sociology, School of Social Work, Boston University


My tiile--the idea ofan outsider within--comesfrom Patricia Hill Collins (1991). Like the African American women in the U.S. that Collins describes, childless women in India are outsiders within Indian society. But there is another outsider in my text. l am a white, American woman who is studying the accounts of South Indian women in a developing country. Both outsider's voices are present in this paper: my personal narrative (represented in myfield notes and thoughts since returning from india 1 year ago), and a narrative about the experience of the childless women I interviewed. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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Riessman, C. K. (2014). LOCATING THE OUTSIDER WITHIN: Studying Childless Women in India. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 1(3), 5–14. Retrieved from https://reflectionsnarrativesofprofessionalhelping.org/index.php/Reflections/article/view/386



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