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Narrating Love and Violence

Women Contesting Caste, Tribe, and State in Lahaul, India

Himika Bhattacharya (author)

ISBN: 9780813589541

Publication Date: Sep 2017

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Offers an ethnographic exploration of women's stories from the Himalayan valley of Lahaul, in the region of Himachal Pradesh, India, focusing on how both, love and violence emerge (or function) at the intersection of gender, tribe, caste, and the state in India. Himika Bhattacharya shows how state and community discourses about gendered violence serve as proxy for caste in India.
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Narrating Love and Violence is an ethnographic exploration of women's stories from the Himalayan valley of Lahaul, in the region of Himachal Pradesh, India, focusing on how both, love and violence emerge (or function) at the intersection of gender, tribe, caste, and the state in India. Himika Bhattacharya privileges the everyday lives of women marginalized by caste and tribe to show how state and community discourses about gendered violence serve as proxy for caste in India, thus not only upholding these social hierarchies, but also enabling violence.
 
The women in this book tell their stories through love, articulated as rejection, redefinition and reproduction of notions of violence and solidarity. Himika Bhattacharya centers the women's narratives as a site of knowledge–beyond love and beyond violence. This book shows how women on the margins of tribe and caste know both, love and violence, as agents wishing to re-shape discourses of caste, tribe and community.
Illustrations 6 photographs, 2 maps, 2 tables
Pages 236
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Sep 2017
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Subject/s Social classes   Asian history   Violence in society   Gender studies: women   Social & cultural anthropology   Sociology: family & relationships   Sociology: customs & traditions  
Himika Bhattacharya is an assistant professor in the department of women�s and gender studies at Syracuse University in New York.

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