By Supriti Bezbaruah
It might be staggering to claim that the area should still glance to India as a version of gender equality. India’s banking area proves the exception, with numerous girls achieving the top positions in India’s most sensible banks, together with the country’s biggest bank.
Based on interviews and surveys of financial institution staff in India’s nationwide Capital sector, this e-book appears to be like at what lies at the back of the media rhetoric and offers a scientific research of styles of, and responses to, gender inequality within the banking quarter in India. The booklet uncovers how gender discrimination nonetheless persists within the banking quarter, albeit in covert varieties. via a comparability of nationalized, Indian inner most and overseas banks, the e-book demonstrates how the impression of legislation, neighborhood cultural norms and gendered office practices are mediated via various organizational kinds in those varieties of banks to create diversified stories of gender inequality.
The e-book is without doubt one of the first books to supply a radical, in-depth research of women’s employment within the Indian banking region, at present an under-researched area.
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It reiterates that gender inequalities in the banking sector result from a complex interplay of gendered organizational practices, local cultural discourses on femininity and institutional factors, particularly government laws and organizational structures. The chapter points to the complexities of achieving gender equality in contemporary financial services workplaces in the Global South and calls for an alternative approach to policy making in the Global South – even if policies are formulated at the global level, they have to be tailored to local needs.
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Further details of the fieldwork, including information about the questionnaire survey and interview schedule, and selection of research participants, are provided in the Appendix. One notable aspect of the research process was that the selection of research participants was constrained by the difficulties of gaining access. Such difficulties are an acknowledged feature of social science research: . . regardless of the composition of our ‘ideal’ sample of research participants, the selectivity of the respondent sample that we achieve in practice ultimately rests on our ability to gain access, something that is especially problematic for younger academics, whose lack of reputation and title, make it harder to get a foot in the door.
Banking on Equality: Women, work and employment in the banking sector in India by Supriti Bezbaruah