The now-globalized economy has had far-reaching effects on family structure and gender roles around the world. One striking aspect of globalization is the rapid expan- sion of a global labor market resulting in large waves of labor migration. The effects of labor out-migration of men from rural Bangladesh have not yet been well docu- mented, but preliminary data show that these effects may be surprising and profound. The absence of men in many rural Bangladeshi families necessitates a change in how women‟s roles are perceived and experienced. As men leave for work, women may be buffering the effects of economic development on their families by taking on the duties once held by their husbands and brothers.
Fraser, Roslyn S..
"Notes from the Field: Development and Daughters: Changing Familial Roles in Rural Bangladesh."
Societies Without Borders
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