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Transition and Negotiation of Gender-Role Identity: The Experience of the Indian Air Force Women Pilots

Rai, Kavita (2010) Transition and Negotiation of Gender-Role Identity: The Experience of the Indian Air Force Women Pilots. Masters thesis, Christ University.

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Abstract

The masculine culture of military and the feminine attributes of women officers stand in total contrast to each other. The conundrum at the heart if this research is to analyse the experience of the Indian Air force women pilots in terms of transition of the gender-role identity and further how they negotiate their identity as a woman while performing highly masculine military role. Military provides an interesting ground to study gender identity and possibility for cultural change because it categorically rejects prevailing models of femininity. 12 Indian Air Force pilots (serving and retired) were interviewed utilizing in-depth interview technique. Findings indicated transition of gender role identity as these women begin to give a new meaning to their identity. While these women move away from the traditional femininity, they do not cease to recognize and explore their feminine side when needed. Indeed the Indian Air Force women pilots exemplify and redefine the culturally recognized definition of femininity. They craft a place where they appear to be enjoying the privileges of both the worlds and rise above the gender debate or biases.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Subjects:Thesis > MPhil > Psychology
Divisions:M Phil
ID Code:1853
Deposited By:Knowledge Center Christ University
Deposited On:16 Dec 2011 15:00
Last Modified:31 Jul 2012 14:48

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