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Contesting Nation

Gendered Violence in South Asia: Notes on the Postcolonial Present

An innovative collection of essays on the turmoil spreading across South Asia, Contesting Nation sheds light on how violence—in wars of direct and indirect conquest—marks the present. Featuring contributions by distinguished South Asian women scholars, the book offers inspired, gendered, and contested histories of the present, exploring nation-making and its intersections with projects of militarization and cultural assertion, modernization, and globalization.

The contributors to this volume consider such turbulent events as the Gujarat carnage of 2002, post-9/11 mobilizations, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, shedding light on the force with which brutal events encompass lives and disfigure communities. This powerful book examines the very borders such brutality maintains and its intimate and lasting effects on bodies and memories.

436 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 3/4 | © 2012

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

Political Science: Political and Social Theory

Women's Studies

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Engendering Violence: Boundaries, Histories, and the Everyday
      Sukanya Banerjee, Angana P. Chatterji, Lubna Nazir Chaudhry, Manali Desai, and Saadia Toor
1. Between Reality and Representation: Women’s Agency in War and Post-Conflict Sri Lanka
       Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake
2. Intelligible Violence: Gender, Citizenship and Visual Culture
      Usha Zacharias
3. Maoist Insurgency in Nepal: Radicalizing Gendered Narratives
      Rita Manchanda
4. Sexualizing the State: Sodomy, Civil Liberties, and the Indian Penal Code
       Jyoti Puri
5. Afghan Women: Stranded at the Intersection of Local and Global Patriarchies
      Huma Ahmed-Ghosh
6. Women Negotiating Change: The Structure and Transformation of Gendered Violence in Bangladesh
      Meghna Guhathakurta
7. Reconstituting Selves in the Karachi Conflict: Mohajir Women Survivors and Structural Violence
       Lubna Nazir Chaudhry
8. The Erotics of Politics of Militarization: Communalism and Sexual Violence in Gujarat
      Kavita Panjabi
9. Democratizing Bangladesh: State, NGOs and Militant Islam
      Lamia Karim
10. Playing off Courts: The Negotiation of Divorce and Violence in Plural Legal Settings in Kolkata
      Srimati Basu
11. The Land of Lalla-Ded: Negotiation of ‘Kashmiriyat’ and Immiseration of the Kashmiri Woman
      Nyla Ali Khan
12. Memory-Mournings: The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationalism
       Angana P. Chatterji

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