Mother-Daughter Relationship in Pakistani Muslim Culture

Article Title: Mother-Daughter Relationship in Pakistani Muslim Culture

Author(s): Amina Tarar

Institute(s): Government College University, Lahore

Journal: Pakistan Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 2012, Vol. 10, No.1, 68-78

Correspondence Address: Amina Tarar, Department of Psychology, Government College University, Lahore. Email:


The present study undertook an exploration of mother-daughter relationship in a Pakistani Muslim context. Data was gathered from seven women of diverse age groups ranging from twenties to sixties through creative interviewing technique. Data analysis was done through discursive psychology. The analysis revealed that whereas social constructions of daughters resound with other focused identities and strong moral and economic discourses, it is usually a daughter rather than a son whom a mother perceives as a part of herself. Thus, in a social context which is highly male dominated, mother-daughter relationship forms a basic and highly reciprocal matrix of a woman to woman socialization which serves functions of adjustment, sharing and sustaining women’s familial relationships.

Keywords: mother, daughter, Muslims, culture

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