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Women in Indian Borderlands

Women in Indian Borderlands

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July 2011 | 260 pages | SAGE India

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 program 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 every day. 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.

Introduction: Resistance in the Borderlands

Paula Banerjee and Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury
Part 1: West Bengal
Bengal-Bangladesh Borderland: Chronicles from Nadia, Murshidabad and Malda

Paula Banerjee
Narrated Time and Constructed Space: Remembering the Communal Violence of 1950 in Hooghly

Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury
Part 2: Jammu and Kashmir
Women's Voices: From Jammu and Kashmir

Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal and Suchismita
Renegotiating Internal Boundaries by Women of Jammu and Kashmir

Sumona DasGupta
Part 3: Northeast
Sanitized Society and Dangerous Interlopers: Law and the Chins in Mizoram

Sahana Basavapatna
Engendered Lives: Women in the West Garo Hills

Anjuman Ara Begum
Part 4: Voices
Voices of Women in the Borderlands

Aditi Bhaduri
Voices of Women in a Border Town called Moreh

Chitra Ahanthem
Consolidated Bibliography



The volume is an interesting collage of selective borderlands and alerts us to the research vistas that need to be addressed in further studies. 

Contributions to Indian Sociology

Paula Banerjee

Paula Banerjee specializes in issues of border and borderlands in South Asia. She has published extensively on issues of gender, forced migration and peace politics. Her recent publications include a volume entitled Borders, Histories, Existences: Gender and Beyond (2010). S he has edited a volume entitled Women in Peace Politics (2008) and co-edited books on Internal Displacement in South Asia (2005), Autonomy beyond Kant and Hermeneutics (2007) and Marginalities and Justice (2009). S he has been working on themes related to women, borders and democracy in South Asia, and has published extensively in journals such as International Studies... More About Author

Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury

Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury is a Research Associate in the Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (CRG) and a Guest Lecturer in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Calcutta. S he specializes in issues of violence and displacement, partition refugees and energy diplomacy in South Asia. S he has authored a book entitled SAARC at Crossroads: The Fate of Regional Cooperation in South Asia (2006) including three monographs and journal articles. S he has received the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) Senior Media Fellowship (2007–2008) and the Kodikara Award (1998–99). More About Author

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