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Published by Oxford University Press
Includes selected papers presented at an International Conference on Violence and Its Habitations in India organized by Council for Social Development, Hyderabad from 28 to 30 November, 2013.
Violence is embedded in our everyday. We encounter not only its overt, raw, and brutal nature but also the deeply buried invisible and insidious forms that normalize violence in the collective conscience, making it less noticeable and more tolerable. This volume opens out the field of violence studies with a focus on its myriad habitations and experiences in India. It interrogates the numerous ways in which omnipresent violence is interpreted and represented, and delves into the interconnections between the identifiable normative axes of power and the engendering of violence. Bringing together fresh methodological and conceptual perspectives on the way violence is understood and analysed, the contributors to this volume investigate its occurrence across siteslaw, family, state, gender, labour, caste, sexuality, communalism, and so onto explore the normal as well as the exceptional. The case studies in this book are all drawn from the Indian experience. This volume aims towards a coherent and more nuanced understanding of violence that moves beyond the episodic to the systemic, structural levels of society and consciousness.
KALPANA KANNABIRAN ; ADITYA NIGAM ; ABDUL SHABAN ; ANAND TELTUMBDE ; ITTY ABRAHAM
Kalpana Kannabiran Professor and Director, Council for Social Development, Hyderabad. Among her recent publications is the book Tools of Justice: Non-Discrimination and the Indian Constitution (2012). She has edited The Violence of Normal Times: Essays on Women's Lived Realities (2005) and Women and Law: Critical Feminist Perspectives (2014); and co-edited Challenging the Rule(s) of Law: Colonialism, Criminology and Human Rights in India (2008). Her writing has focussed on questions of gender, caste, tribe, violence, disability, law, and free speech. Kalpana Kannabiran is recipient of the VKRV Rao Prize for Social Science Research (2003) and the Amartya Sen Award for Distinguished Social Scientists (2012), both for her work in the field of law.
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