Conflicted Democracies and Gendered Violence: The Right to Heal; Internal Conflict and Social Upheaval in India

Angana Chatterji | Center for Race & Gender | University of Chicago Press, 2015

Conflicted Democracies and Gendered Violence elucidates the centrality of political and foundational violence in the governance of conflicted democracies in the postcolony, calling attention to the urgent need for transformation. Spectacular and quotidian gendered and sexualized violence by states and collectives holds in place fraught and unjust histories and relations between elites and subalterns, majoritarian subjects and non-dominant “Others.” At the intersections of nationalist and decolonial confrontations, such violence regularizes states of emergency and exception. Through oral history, archival, and legal research undertaken over three years, this interdisciplinary work underscores the need for transitional and transformative justice mechanisms in conflicted democracies to address protracted conflict (focusing on their internal dimensions) and social upheaval.

Learn more about the ongoing research in this volume led by the CRG research initiative, Political Conflicts, Gender, and People’s Rights Project.