South Asian Feminisms

South Asian Feminisms

By: Ania Loomba (editor), Ritty A. Lukose (editor)Paperback

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During the past forty years, South Asia has been the location and the focus of dynamic, important feminist scholarship and activism. In this collection of essays, prominent feminist scholars and activists build on that work to confront pressing new challenges for feminist theorizing and practice. Examining recent feminist interventions in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, they address feminist responses to religious fundamentalism and secularism; globalization, labor, and migration; militarization and state repression; public representations of sexuality; and the politics of sex work. Their essays attest to the diversity and specificity of South Asian locations and feminist concerns, while also demonstrating how feminist engagements in the region can enrich and advance feminist theorizing globally. Contributors. Flavia Agnes, Anjali Arondekar, Firdous Azim, Anannya Bhattacharjee, Laura Brueck, Angana P. Chatterji, Malathi de Alwis, Toorjo Ghose, Amina Jamal, Ratna Kapur, Lamia Karim, Ania Loomba, Ritty A. Lukose, Vasuki Nesiah, Sonali Perera, Atreyee Sen, Mrinalini Sinha, Ashwini Sukthankar

About Author

Ania Loomba is the Catherine Bryson Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is affiliated with the departments of Comparative Literature, South Asian Studies, Women's Studies, and Asian-American Studies. Ritty A. Lukose is Associate Professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University.


South Asian Feminisms: Contemporary Interventions / Ania Loomba and Ritty A. Lukose 1 I. Feminism, Religion, and the Secular From Shah Bano to Kausar Bano: Contextualizing the "Muslim Woman" within a Communalized Polity / Flavia Agnes 33 Global Discourses, Situated Traditions, and Muslim Women's Agency in Pakistan / Amina Jamal 54 Martial Tales, Right-Wing Hindu Women, and "History Telling" in the Bombay Slums / Atreyee Sen 75 II. Feminism, Labor, and Globalization Of Moments, Not Monuments: Feminism and Labor Activism in Postnational Sri Lanka / Sonali Perera 97 Feminism, Migration, and Labor: Movement Building in a Globalized World / Anannya Bhattacharjee 117 III. Feminism, War, Peace Uncomfortable Alliances: Women, Peace, and Security in Sri Lanka / Vasuki Nesiah 139 Feminist Politics and Maternalist Agonism / Malathi de Alwis 162 Witnessing as Feminist Intervention in India-Administered Kashmir / Angana P. Chatterji 181 IV. Feminism, Figuration, and the Politics of Reading and Writing Transnational Politics of Reading and the (Un)making of Taslima Nasreen / Lamia Karim 205 At the Intersection of Gender and Caste: Rescripting Rape in Dalit Feminist Narratives / Laura Brueck 224 Subject to Sex: A Small History of the Gomantak Maratha Samaj / Anjali Arondekar 244 V. Feminism, Sex Work, and the Politics of Sexuality Keeping Sexuality on the Agenda: The Sex Workers' Movement in Bangladesh / Firdous Azim 267 Politicizing Political Society: Mobilization among Sex Workers in Sonagachi, India / Toorjo Ghose 285 Queering Approaches to Sex, Gender, and Labor in India: Examining Paths to Sex Worker Unionism / Ashwini Sukthankar 306 VI. Feminist Crisis and Futures Hecklers to Power? The Waning of Liberal Rights and Challenges to Feminism in India / Ratna Kapur 333 A Global Perspective on Gender: What's South Asia Got to Do with It? / Mrinalini Sinha 356 Bibliography 375 Contributors 407 Index 411

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  • ISBN13: 9780822351795
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 432
  • ID: 9780822351795
  • ISBN10: 082235179X

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