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Rethinking Silence, Voice and Agency in Contested Gendered Terrains

1st Edition

Edited by Jane L. Parpart, Swati Parashar


168 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Global and local contestations are not only gendered, they also raise important questions about agency and its practice and location in the twenty-first century. Silence and voice are being increasingly debated as sites of agency within feminist research on conflict and insecurity. Drawing on a wide range of feminist approaches, this volume examines the various ways that silence and voice have been contested in feminist research, and their impact on how agency is understood and performed, particularly in situations of conflict and insecurity.

The collection makes an important and timely contribution to interdisciplinary feminist theorizing of silence, voice and agency in global politics. Interrogating the intellectual landscape of existing debates about agency, silence and voice in an increasingly unequal and conflict-ridden world, the contributors to this volume challenge the dominant narratives of agency based on voice or speech alone as a necessary precondition for understanding or negotiating agency or empowerment. Many of the authors have engaged in field research in both the Global South and North and bring in-depth and diverse gendered case studies to their analysis, focusing on the increasing importance of examining silence as well as voice for understanding gender and agency in an increasingly embattled and complicated world.

This book will contribute to and deepen existing discussions of agency, silence and voice in development, culture and gender studies, political economy, postcolonial and de-colonial scholarship as well as in the field of International Relations.

Table of Contents

Foreword [Kimberly Hutchings]

1. Introduction: Rethinking the Power of Silence in Insecure and Gendered Sites [Jane L. Parpart and Swati Parashar]

2. Voice, Silence, Agency, Confusion [Christine Sylvester]

3. Reconstructing the Silence/Speech Dichotomy in Feminist Security Studies: Gender, Agency and the Politics of Subjectivity in La Frontière Invisible [Lene Hansen]

4. Rethinking the Equation Between Voice and Power in Household Bargaining and Global Household Models [Suzanne Bergeron and Marianne H. Marchand]

5. Negative Space and the Feminist Act of Citation: Strategic Silence and the Limits of Gendering an Unloving Discipline [David Duriesmith]

6. Listening to Silences and Voices: A Methodological Framework [Ayelet Harel-Shalev and Shir Daphna-Tekoah]

7. Redemption and Empowerment among the Bail Boys in Trinidad [Catherine Ali]

8. Engaged Silences as Political Agency in Post-genocide Rwanda: Jeanne’s Story [Susan Thomson]

9. Silence and Indigenous Women’s Resistance: Jani Shikar Among the Adivasis of Jharkhand [Anju Oseema Maria Toppo and Swati Parashar]

10. Silence as Strategy in the Sexual Commerce Industry: A Case Study from India [Sudeshna Chatterjee and Jane L. Parpart]

About the Editors

Jane L. Parpart is Emeritus Professor and the former Lester Pearson Chair in International Development at Dalhousie University, Canada, as well as Adjunct Professor at Carleton University, University of Ottawa and University of Massachusetts Boston, USA.

Swati Parashar is Associate Professor in Peace and Development at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and Research Associate, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University of London. She serves as Visiting Faculty, Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India and has previously been a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi.

About the Series

Gender in a Global/Local World

Gender in a Global/Local World

Gender in a Global/Local World critically explores the uneven and often contradictory ways in which global processes and local identities come together. Much has been and is being written about globalization and responses to it but rarely from a critical, historical, gendered perspective. Yet, these processes are profoundly gendered albeit in different ways in particular contexts and times. The changes in social, cultural, economic and political institutions and practices alter the conditions under which women and men make and remake their lives. New spaces have been created - economic, political, social - and previously silent voices are being heard. North-South dichotomies are being undermined as increasing numbers of people and communities are exposed to international processes through migration, travel, and communication, even as marginalization and poverty intensify for many in all parts of the world. The series features monographs and collections which explore the tensions in a ’global/local world’, and includes contributions from all disciplines in recognition that no single approach can capture these complex processes.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Prostitution & Sex Trade