Aging and menopause among Indian South African women by Brian M. Du Toit

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Mrs.  Kassim remembers her father complaining bitterly about the icy cold mornings in Transvaal; but he refused the discomfort of pants.  Joosub remembers her mother making ends meet by dress making and selling cakes that she baked.  She had to start a sewing and dress­making business to provide for the needs of herself and her daughters.  They owned a store, a butchery, a taxi, a wholesale business, and a variety of other economic ventures which guaranteed financial independence.  These advantages carried over into adulthood when kinship ties and bonds of amity served individuals beyond the household.

Many younger and less traditional Indians no longer recognize the kutum and its role.  It could, for some people, be the core of their social universe; a core within which they visit, perform ceremonies, have social interaction, and relax.  (Meet 1969:66) Their immediate reference and interactional group is the family, especially members of the nuclear family.  In spite of some important changes due to secularization, education, and economic conditions, the Indian family contrasts sharply with the family among other ethnic groups.

Many younger and less traditional Indians no longer recognize the kutum and its role.  It could, for some people, be the core of their social universe; a core within which they visit, perform ceremonies, have social interaction, and relax.  (Meet 1969:66) Their immediate reference and interactional group is the family, especially members of the nuclear family.  In spite of some important changes due to secularization, education, and economic conditions, the Indian family contrasts sharply with the family among other ethnic groups.

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