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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Social Responsibility: M.S.

First Advisor

Tamrat Tademe

Second Advisor

Nimantha Manamperi

Third Advisor

Nadeesh Lihinikadu Arachchige

Creative Commons License

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.


The purpose of this study is to understand the nature and scope of patriarchy and ways in which it operates within the institution of marriage in Sri Lanka. Patriarchy, as a strong social element along aside religion, gender, and division of labor, has been operating in the Sri Lankan society, pushing women to the household system. One of the main social institutions that has been affected by patriarchic oppression is marriage. Marriage, operating as a social institution, has limited the role of woman in Sri Lanka in certain occupations and behaviors, and even molding the woman’s role in how society expects her to be a daughter, a sister, a mother, and a wife. Though the majority of women do a considerable amount of household work, take care of their children and husbands, and sometimes in-laws, their efforts are not appreciated. The fundamental reason for this is the common myth that a woman is to restrict her role to household tasks. Cultural ideas connected to the idea of patriarchy and marriage support this marginalization as an accepted norm. Therefore, women in Sri Lanka seem to take a double bind of marginalization.



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