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Women as Subaltern Insiders: Both as Members of a Particular Community and that of State

Social Work Chronicle

Volume 3 Issue 1/2

Published: 2014
Author(s) Name: Tarushikha Sarvesh | Author(s) Affiliation: Doctoral Candidate, Govind Ballabh Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.
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The study is based on an interrogation of numerous actors and stakeholders within the institution of Khap Panchayats (clan councils) in villages of the western region of a northern state, Uttar Pradesh, in India, with the help of multiple approach design. The paper strives to inflect the debates regarding the concept(s) of the body and that of citizenship as enmeshed within the legal rights and cultural duties of women in the referred social milieu. The paper strives to flesh out the new and subtler forms and language of patriarchy. It is also an attempt to reach out to the less obvious and the invisible by locating sub-versions and its ways in the field of research as well as tracing the links regarding the dominant notions of caste and patriarchy through the texts and scriptures of various time periods.

Keywords: Gender, Body, Culture, Subversion, Citizenship, Khap,Violence, India

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