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Shiv Sena Women: Violence and Communalism in a Bombay Slum - Atreyee Sen
Shiv Sena Women: Violence and Communalism in a Bombay Slum
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This engaging book, based on Atreyee Sen's immersion into the low-income, working-class slums of Bombay, tells the story of the women and children of the Shiv Sena, one of the most radical and violent of the Hindu nationalist parties that dominated Indian politics throughout the 90s and into the... show more
This engaging book, based on Atreyee Sen's immersion into the low-income, working-class slums of Bombay, tells the story of the women and children of the Shiv Sena, one of the most radical and violent of the Hindu nationalist parties that dominated Indian politics throughout the 90s and into the present. The Sena women's front has been instrumental in creating and sustaining communal violence, directed primarily against their Muslim neighbors. The author presents the Sena women's own rationale for organizing themselves along paramilitary lines, as poor women and children have used violence and "gang-ism" to create a distinctive social identity, networks of material support, and protection from male violence in the explosive environment of the slums. Sen's moving account foregrounds the ethical dilemmas that surrounded her "covert" research and writing of the book, and she considers wider questions involving women, violence, and religious fundamentalism.
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780253219411 (0253219418)
ASIN: 0253219418
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
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Chris' Fish Place
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3.5 Interesting if dry
I read this because I am teaching Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity this fall in a reading skills class, and I wanted more background. The writing is a little dry towards the end, but the book is packed with information and careful analysis. In particular, it...
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