The concept of social transformation has been increasingly used to study significant political, socio-economic and cultural changes affected by individuals and groups. This book uses a novel approach from the gender perspective and from bottom up to analyse social transformation in Nepal, a country with a complex traditional structure of caste, class, ethnicity, religion and regional locality and the experience of the ten-year of People's War (1996-2006).
Through extensive interviews with women in post-conflict Nepal, this book analyses the intended and unintended impacts of conflict and traces the transformations in women's understandings of themselves and their positions in public life. It raises important questions for the international community about the inevitable victimization of women during mass violence, but it also identifies positive impacts of armed conflict. The book also discusses how the Maoist insurgency had empowering effects on women.
The first study to provide empirical evidence on the relationship between armed conflict and social transformation from gender's perspectives, this book is a major contribution to the field of transitional justice and peacebuilding in post-armed-conflict Nepal. It is of interest to academics researching South Asia, Gender, Peace and Conflict Studies and Development Studies.
About the Author
Punam Yadav is a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at London School of Economics, UK. Prior to starting her academic career, she worked in the Development Sector for over ten years. She is interested in examining women’s lived experiences in post-conflict spaces.
Table of Contents
1. Locating Social Transformation in Current Discourse 2. Understanding the Processes of Social Transformation: thinking beyond structures 3. Social Structure of Nepal: A Historical Overview 4. Women in Politics and the Unintended Consequences 5. Tea Stall Story: The Power of One 6. Women Combatants: Challenging Habitus 7. White Sari - Transforming Widowhood in Nepal 8. Women Tempo Drivers: Challenging Doxa 9. Conclusion: Rethinking Social Transformation