Author: Partha Chatterjee
Publisher: Permanent Black
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8178240025
This volume confronts the whole range of new issues raised by the relations between community, gender and the politics of violence.
One set of essays looks specifically at the question of 'women and nation', especially minorities. Qadri Ismail looks at the claims of Tamil nationalism in Sri Lanka from the standpoint of the Southern Tamil woman, Aamir Mufti looks at the familiar gendered figure of 'nation as mother' - but from the novel standpoint of the rejected majority, as the brutalized prostitute, Tejaswini Niranjana studies the 'new woman' in contemporary Indian cinema.
Another set of essays looks at women and minorities in the context of law. Flavia Agnes examines the colonial and nationalist histories of the Hindu law of marriage and women's property. Nivedita Menon critically reviews the Indian debate over laws against sexual violence on women. David Scott discusses with an eye to the Sri Lankan situation, the concept of minority rights within modern theories of citizenship.
The issue of political violence is taken up by Satish Deshpande in his study of the imagined space within which the new Hindu 'Right' seeks to assert it dominance, and by Pradeep Jeganathan in his examination of violence in the everyday cultivation of masculinity.
In her summation of the issues raised by the volume as a whole, Gayatri Chakravorti Spivak considers the position of the 'new subaltern' - the third-world laboring woman - within a globalized economic space.
PARTHA CHATTERJEE is Director of the Center for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, and Visiting Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University.
PRADEEP JEGANATHAN is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Global Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.
Notes on Contributors
AAMIR R MUFTI
A Greater Story-writer than God: Genre, Gender and Minority in Late Colonial India
A Space for Violence: Anthropology, Politics and
the Location of a Sinhala Practice of Masculinity
Embodying the Self: Feminism, Sexual Violence and the Law
Women, Marriage, and the Subordination of Rights
Nationalism Refigured: Contemporary south Indian
Cinema and the Subject of Feminism
Hegemonic Spatial Strategies: The Nation-Space and
Hindu Communalism in Twentieth-century India
Constituting Nation, Contesting Nationalism:
The Southern Tamil (Woman) and Separatist
Tamil Nationalism in Sri Lanka
Toleration and Historical Traditions of Difference
GAYATRI CHAKRAVORTY SPIVAK
Discussion: An Afterword on the New Subaltern