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.
Women Speak Nation: An introduction
Part I: Gender, Nation, and Nationalism
Part II: Class-Caste-Community: Negotiating the Secular, the Liberal and the Modern
Part III: Women’s Movement(s), Representations, and Resistances
Mallarika Sinha Roy
Part IV: Voices of Dissent
Translated from Bangla by Sayantan Dasgupta
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.