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Women in Indian borderlands [electronic resource] /
edited by Paula Banerjee, Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury.
imprint
New Delhi ; Thousand Oaks : SAGE, c2011.
description
xxv, 234 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
9788132106500 (hbk.)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New Delhi ; Thousand Oaks : SAGE, c2011.
isbn
9788132106500 (hbk.)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
10246588
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Paula Banerjee is Associate Professor, University of Calcutta, and Secretary, Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, India. She is also the Vice President, International Association for Study of Forced Migration. Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury is Research Associate, Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, India.
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Summaries
Main Description
Women in Indian Borderlands is an ethnographic compilation on the complex interrelationship between gender and political borders in South Asia, particularly in the three major areas of West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir and Northeast India. The book is an outcome of a research programme on Globalization, Democracy, Citizenship, Gender and Peace Studies. The chapters in the book examine the stories of women whose lives are intertwined with borders, who are its markers and who resist everyday violence in all its myriad forms. The borders become zones, where the power and control of one state ends and the other begins. The result is the startling revelation that women not only live on the borders, but in many ways, they form them and are a crucial part of them. The borders become symbolic of spaces where socio-economic and political contests of inclusion and exclusion are played out everyday. The essays describe the way in which women negotiate their differences within a state, which in the guise of being democratic, denies space to differences based on ethnicity, religion, class or gender. The contributors indicate that borders become hostile zones of widespread aggression, where masculinity is privileged. They analyze how most of the traditional efforts made to make geopolitical regions more secure, are nothing but attempts to privilege a masculine definition of security that only results in feminine insecurities.
Main Description
Women in Indian Borderlands is an ethnographic compilation on the complex interrelationship between gender and political borders in South Asia, particularly in the three major areas of West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir and Northeast India. The chapters in the book examine the stories of women whose lives are intertwined with borders, who are its markers and who resist everyday violence in all its myriad forms. The essays describe the way in which women negotiate their differences within a state, which in the guise of being democratic, denies space to differences based on ethnicity, religion, class, or gender.
Main Description
Women in Indian Borderlands is an ethnographic compilation on the complex interrelationship between gender and political borders in South Asia. The book focuses on the border regions of West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir and Northeast India. The chapters in the book examine the stories of women whose lives are intertwined with borders, and who resist everyday violence in all its myriad forms. They show how most of the traditional efforts to make geopolitical regions more secure end up privileging a masculine definition of security that only results in feminine insecurities. These essays discuss how women negotiate their differences with a state that, though democratic, denies space to differences based on ethnicity, religion, class or gender. Borders are interpreted as zones where the jurisdiction of one state ends and that of the other begins. What comes out is the startling revelation that women not only live on the borders, but in many ways, form them.
Bowker Data Service Summary
'Women in Indian Borderlands' is an ethnographic compilation on the complex interrelationship between gender and political borders in South Asia. It examines the stories of women whose lives are intertwined with borders, and who resist everyday violence in all its myriad forms.
Table of Contents
List of Tablesp. vii
List of Photographsp. ix
List of Mapsp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introduction: Resistance in the Borderlandsp. xv
West Bengal
Bengal-Bangladesh Borderland: Chronicles from Nadia, Murshidabad and Maldap. 3
Narrated Time and Constructed Space: Remembering the Communal Violence of 1950 in Hooghlyp. 40
Jammu and Kashmir
Women's Voices: From Jammu and Kashmirp. 69
Renegotiating Internal Boundaries by Women of Jammu and Kashmirp. 94
Northeast
Sanitized Society and Dangerous Interlopers: Law and the Chins in Mizoramp. 125
Engendered Lives: Women in the West Garo Hillsp. 151
Voices
Voices of Women in the Borderlandsp. 179
Voices of Women in a Border Town Called Morehp. 203
Consolidated Bibliographyp. 218
About the Editors and Contributorsp. 228
Indexp. 230
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