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States of Trauma: Gender and Violence in South Asia

Price : $26.75
ISBN # : 9788189884116
Author : Chatterjee, Piya
pages: 300
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Zubaan Books
Published : 2008

In the last couple of decades, violence as an analytic category has loomed large in the historical, literary and anthropological scholarship of South Asia. The challenge of thinking violence in its gendered incarnations fully and in all its complexity is not only theoretical or critical but also irreducibly ethical and political, given the proliferation of civil wars, pogroms and riots, fundamentalist movements, insurgencies and counter-insurgencies, and new technologies of violence and injury. All of these simultaneously feature and help constitute gendered actors and gendered scripts of violence. States of Trauma seeks to examine this terrain by staging a set of questions. How are we to think about the moral charge that accrues to violence? What is the relationship of violence and non-violence? In considering the moral and affective economy of violence, how may we speak of the seduction of the idioms and practices of militarism and sexualized violence for women? How are these seductions/pleasures distinct from those proffered to men, if indeed, they are distinct? These are some of the many questions that the essays here -- that range from addressing the gendered violence of 1947 to the subalternization of the 'bandit queen' Phoolan Devi -- seek to address. Author Bio: Piya Chatterjee is Associate Professor of Women's Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Manali Desai is Lecturer in Sociology at the London School of Economics. Parama Roy is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Davis.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Monday 12 April, 2010.
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