Managing Life and Its Processes

  • Usha Menon


This chapter analyzes and interprets the experiences of Odia Hindu women in the temple town as they journey through life. It discusses their future-oriented attitudes of active acceptance and engagement as well as their culturally distinctive notions of maturity and personal growth. It also presents the various cultural conceptions of the self that prevail among women in the temple town, in particular the “emergent” interdependent self of young adulthood, the “encompassing” interdependent self of mature adulthood, and the non-interdependent self of old age. With respect to these women’s notion of maturity, the chapter notes that it is best described as a self-maximizing altruism, and it characterizes the “encompassing” interdependent self of mature adulthood.


Mature Adulthood Young Brother Life Phase Cultural Conception Extended Household 
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  • Usha Menon
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  1. 1.Department of Culture and CommunicationDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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