Institute for Social and Economic Change

Working Paper: 474

Fertility at the Crossroads of Ethnicity and Gender:
Understanding ORAON Tribe in Jharkhand, India

Ujjwala Gupta



Historically, Tribals have been known for their intense gender balance and autonomy to women folks. However, the growing concern among them is the unseen inherent gender disparity and their continued vulnerability owing to recent changes following their forced displacement, restricting access to forest and seasonal migration. With impact on cultural milieu putting an undue pressure on overall fertility, women’s autonomy and value placed for children. This paper, using its empirical study findings, attempts to unfold multi-dimensional issues of Oraon tribe women, of Jharkhand.

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