Women and Violence in India: Gender, Oppression and the Politics of Neoliberalism

Women and Violence in India: Gender, Oppression and the Politics of Neoliberalism

by Tamsin Bradley


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Women and Violence in India: Gender, Oppression and the Politics of Neoliberalism by Tamsin Bradley

India's endemic gender-based violence has received increased international scrutiny and provoked waves of domestic protest and activism. In recent years, related studies on India and South Asia have proliferated but their analyses often fail to identify why violence flourishes. Unwilling to simply accept patriarchy as the answer, Tamsin Bradley presents new research examining how different groups in India conceptualise violence against women, revealing beliefs around religion, caste and gender that render aggression socially acceptable. She also analyses the role that neoliberalism, and its corollary consumerism, play in reducing women to commodity objects for barter or exchange. Unpacking varied conservative, liberal and neoliberal ideologies active in India today, Bradley argues that they can converge unexpectedly to normalise violence against women. Due to these complex and overlapping factors, rates of violence against women in India have actually increased despite decades of feminist campaigning. This book will be crucial to those studying Indian gender politics and violence, but also presents new data and methodologies which have practical implications for researchers and policymakers worldwide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784532444
Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 01/30/2017
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.75(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tamsin Bradley is Senior Lecturer in International Development Studies at the University of Portsmouth. Her previous books include Gender and Religion in Developing Societies: Faith-based Organisations and Feminism in India (I.B.Tauris, 2010) and Challenging the NGOs: Women, Religion and Western Dialogues in India (I.B.Tauris, 2006).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

List of Abbreviations xi

Acknowledgements xiii

Introduction 1

Part I Theorising and Contextualising Violence against Women

1 The Politics of Voice: Unravelling the Discourses 23

2 Interventions, Good (or Not) Intentions and the Reality of the Backlash 49

Part II Narratives on Rape

3 'Two Feet Forward and One Back': Reflections on the Impact of the Anti-Rape Protests in India 83

4 The Remaking of Subalterns through Western Newspaper Narratives of Rape in India 105

Part III The Feminist Movement and its Struggles with the Right

5 The Changing Face of the Feminist Movement in India 127

6 The Religious Right and Violence against Women 142

Part IV Harmful Cultural Practices

7 The Persistence and Invisibility of Harmful Cultural Practices 159

8 Dowry, Marriage and Violence 180

Conclusion The Impact of Neoliberalism on Violence against Women and Girls 207

Notes 216

Bibliography 231

Index 241

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