This book explores how citizenship is differently gendered and performed across national and regional boundaries. Using ‘citizenship’ as its organizing concept, it brings together a collection of multidisciplinary approaches to the legal, socio-cultural and performative aspects of gender construction and identity: violence against women, victimhood and agency, and everyday issues of socialization in a globalized world.
The volume examines citizenship as embodied and enacted, and explores various perspectives on gender in relation to citizenship. The essays featured here analyse citizenship struggles and challenges of recent significant global issues and cover a wide range of social, civic and political spaces.
Gendered Citizenship brings together scholars of politics, media, and performance who are committed to dialogue across both nation and discipline. This book is the culmination of a two-year project on 'Gendered Citizenship', and is a compilation of research that is interdisciplinary and multinational, drawing on Indian, European, and North and South American contexts.
This compilation of essays focusing on scholarship, creative practice, and activism would be a useful resource for students, scholars, academicians, activists and artists.
Bishnupriya Dutt is Professor, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Janelle Reinelt is Emeritus Professor, University of Warwick.
Shrinkhla Sahai is a doctoral researcher at Jawaharlal Nehru University and is an independent media critic, radio professional and Dancer.
Bishnupriya Dutt , Janelle Reinelt and Shrinkhla Sahai
Part I Citizenship, Law, and Rights: How is Citizenship Gendered?
2 The Dilemmas of Performative Citizenship
Shirin M. Rai
3 Making Citizenship Familiar: ‘Truth’ Tales and the Partition Archive(s)
4 When State Policy Refracts the Mother
Amrita Nandy and Sneha Banerjee
5 Spaces of Appearance, Politics of Exposure: Queer Publics, Sexual Justice and Activism in Eastern Europe and India
Ameet Parameswaran and Milija Gluhovic
6 Mapping the Nation: Performance Art in India and Narratives of Nationalism and Citizenship
7 Traversing Sites, Traversing History: Practising
Citizenship Through Art
Part II Media, Market, Commodifi cation: Challenging the Vulnerability of Women
8 Unmasking the Face of Gendered Citizenship: Anupama Chandrasekhar’s Acid and Free Outgoing
9 The Legal Unspeakable: Rape in 1980s Bombay Cinema
10 Murderous Maids: Reading Contemporary Migrant Domestic Labour Through Genet’s Maids
11 India’s Daughter in India: Old Questions,
12 The Glasgow Girls: Many Faces of Child Asylum Seekers
Part III Violence Against Women: ‘Rescue’, Resistance and ‘Empowerment’
13 Is a Trafficked Woman a Citizen? Survival and Citizenship in Performance
14 ‘Processing’ Vulnerability, Trauma and Recovery for Women Victims: Rehabilitation Through Tools from Performance
Urmimala Sarkar Munsi
15 Becoming Citizens: Loss and Desire in the Social Reintegration of Guerrilla Ex-Combatants in Colombia
16 Laws and Marginalised Bodies: Sex Trafficking, Child Labour and Circus as a Site of Negotiations
Aastha Gandhi and Bishnupriya Dutt
17 Sexuate Agency and Relationality in Witnessing Kashmir Violence
Inshah Malik and Manola K. Gayatri
Epilogue: The Artist As Citizen: Resisting Official History