De-eroticizing Assault: Essays on Modesty, Honour and Power

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Popular Prakashan, 2002 - Andhra Pradesh (India) - 267 pages
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Focusing on the many hegemonies that confront women and men today, the authors present fresh insights on the linkages among gender, culture and politics. Their 'concerns in politics have centred on questions of culture and representation, on power and hegemonies that find legitimacy, in globalisation, and the imperatives of anti-communal struggles'. They analyse the coalition between globalisation and fundamentalism and consider the disturbing portents for women, children, minorities and dalits. While reflecting on the increase in state repression, they also critique the way the Left revolutionary parties too restrict women's engagement.
 

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Contents

Feminism and the Cultures of Politics
1
Stree Shakti Sanghatana
25
of Power and Violence
55
3 Outrageous Modesty Outraged Honour
68
Death for Rape?
96
Half a Century
104
Desecrating Graves Defiled Bodies
170
Commemorating 150 years
189
Women and Political Power
208
Index
262
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Kalpana Kannabiran is the recipient of the inaugural Amartya Sen Award for Social Scientists, 2012, for her work in Law. She is a sociologist and legal researcher and is currently Director, Council for Social Development, Hyderabad, an autonomous research institute supported by the Indian Council for Social Science Research. She was awarded the VKRV Rao Prize for Social Science Research in the field of Social Aspects of Law by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) in 2003. She was part of the founding faculty of National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law where she taught sociology and law for a decade (1999 2009) and is a founder member of Asmita Resource Centre for Women where she has coordinated research and legal outreach for women. Kannabiran has been the general secretary of the Indian Association for Women s Studies (1998 2000) and is active in the International Sociological Association. She was a member of the Expert Group on the Equal Opportunity Commission, Government of India (2007 2008) and member of the Expert Group on Legal Education Reform in Kerala, Government of Kerala. She has been an activist in the women s movement since the late 1970s.

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