Women Speak Nation: Gender, Culture, and Politics, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Women Speak Nation

Gender, Culture, and Politics, 1st Edition

Edited by Panchali Ray

Routledge India

300 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Hardback: 9780367253998
pub: 2019-08-13
Available for pre-order

FREE Standard Shipping!


Women Speak Nation underlines the centrality of gender within the ideological construction of nationalism. The volume locates itself in a rich scholarship of feminist critique of the relationship between political, economic, cultural and social formations and normative gendered relations to try and understand the cross currents in contemporary feminist theorizing and politics.

The volume explores spaces, movements, identities, politics, and performances that capture intersections between ‘institutionalized’ nationalism and unsanctioned spaces that censure such official representations of the nation. The essays question the gendered depictions of the nation as Hindu, upper caste, middle-class, heterosexual, able bodied Indian mother. The volume also brings together interviews and short essays from practitioners, and activists who voice an alternative re-imagining of the nation.

The book will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of gender, politics, modern South Asian history, and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Women Speak Nation: An introduction

Panchali Ray

Part I: Gender, Nation, and Nationalism

  1. Women and Nation Revisited
  2. Partha Chatterjee

  3. The Verma Committee report, 2013: Notes on Nation, Gender and Crime
  4. Swapan Chakravorty

  5. The Gendered Nation: To Be Recoded or Rejected?
  6. Anuradha Roy


    Part II: Class-Caste-Community: Negotiating the Secular, the Liberal and the Modern

  7. Shia Women and Their ‘Place-Making’: Gendered Agency in the Muharram Gatherings in Kolkata
  8. Epsita Haldar

  9. Speaking in a Different Voice: Dalit Women Writing in Bengali
  10. Nandini Saha

  11. Dance of Dissent: Dancing Tagore in the Age of Nationalism
  12. Aishika Chakraborty


    Part III: Women’s Movement(s), Representations, and Resistances

  13. Towards Reparative Readings: Reflections on Feminist Solidarities in a Troubling Present
  14. J. Devika

  15. Political Motherhood and Spectacular Resistances: (Re)examining the Kangla Fort Protest, Manipur
  16. Panchali Ray

  17. ‘Their’ Suicide Letter: An Exercise in Reading That is Always Incomplete
  18. Sayan Bhattacharya

  19. Inside/Out: Women’s Movement and Women in Movements
  20. Mallarika Sinha Roy


    Part IV: Voices of Dissent

  21. Resisting AFSPA, Fighting the Nation: An Interview with Irom Sharmila Chanu
  22. Panchali Ray

  23. Narratives from Bastar: An Interview with Soni Sori
  24. Panchali Ray

  25. Living in Curfewland: Kashmir 2016
  26. Natasha Rather

  27. Coal Mining and Ecological Fragility: Questioning Development, Questioning Growth
  28. Priya Pillai

  29. Tale of a Brahmin and a Shudrani

Kalyani Thakur

Translated from Bangla by Sayantan Dasgupta



About the Editor

Panchali Ray is an independent researcher based in New Delhi, India. She is the author of Politics of Precarity: Gendered Subjects and the Health Care Industry in Contemporary Kolkata (2019). Her areas of interest include labour, migration, violence, sexualities, and collective politics.

About the Series

South Asian History and Culture

This series brings together research on South Asia in the humanities and social sciences, and provides scholars with a platform covering, but not restricted to, their particular fields of interest and specialisation.

A significant concern for the series is to focus across the whole of the region known as South Asia, and not simply on India, as is often the case. There will be a conscious attempt to publish regional studies and bring together scholarship on and from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and other parts of South Asia.

This series will consciously initiate synergy between research from within academia and that from outside the formal academy. A focus will be to bring into the mainstream more recently developed disciplines in South Asian studies which have till date remained in the nature of specialised fields: for instance, research on film, media, photography, sport, medicine, environment, to mention a few. The series will address this gap and generate more comprehensive knowledge fields.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies