chapter  6
30 Pages

Relationships and families after freedom

WithMatthew Maycock

This chapter extends the gendered analysis of the transition to freedom, through a consideration of a critical area of Kamaiya men’s lives, broadly defined as relationships and family life. The previous two chapters have explored facets of the predominant image of adult Kamaiya masculinity following freedom, through the re-emergence of the Kamaiya ‘breadwinner’. Kamaiya men have provided for their families in various ways both during and since the abolition of the Kamaiya system. As a consequence of freedom, Kamaiya men are providing for their families in significantly more diverse ways. This chapter engages with aspects of the transition that are associated with occupying the breadwinner subject positions, focusing in particular on marriage and fatherhood. This chapter explores how changes in marriage and other relationships with women and in fatherhood constitute significant aspects of being seen as a ‘modern’ and of the breadwinner ideal.