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Conversations on social reproduction: Extractive Masculinities: Value Chains and Relational Work in Indian Microfinance

Smitha Radhakrishnan, LuElla LaMer Professor of Women’s Studies, Professor of Sociology Commercial microfinance in India, a subprime credit industry that lends to over 35 million working-class women at interest rates of 20 to 26 percent, has experienced unprecedented growth in the last decade. These… Continue Reading “Conversations on social reproduction: Extractive Masculinities: Value Chains and Relational Work in Indian Microfinance”

Conversations on social reproduction: Understanding Sex Work through the Lens of Caste and Gender

A conversation concerning the recent Supreme Court order in the Buddhadeb Karmaskar case recognising the right to dignity of sex workers. Several dalit, bahujan and adivasi feminists have disagreed with this framing of the Supreme Court on the issue of sex work. Hence we… Continue Reading “Conversations on social reproduction: Understanding Sex Work through the Lens of Caste and Gender”

Vengeance and Vulnerability: Gendered Embodiment and Indian Men’s Rights Activists

Some recent articles on masculinity, law, marriage and violence appear in anthologies including 50thAnniversary Commemorative Volume of Contributions to Indian Sociology (2019) and Men and Feminism inIndia (2018), and the journals Feminist Anthropology and QED. She is presently working on a monographabout the antifeminist… Continue Reading “Vengeance and Vulnerability: Gendered Embodiment and Indian Men’s Rights Activists”

The work of preparing for work: Education and skills training as social reproduction

Asiya Islam is Lecturer in Work and Employment Relations, University of Leedsdownload the event poster

Valuing women’s work: Towards a convergence of own-account, waged, and unpaid care and domestic work?

Abstract  The work performed by women is varied. Most women work on own-account in unincorporated household/family enterprises in India, while those engaged in paid, waged work are fewer. In addition, women also perform long hours of unpaid work in care and domestic work within… Continue Reading “Valuing women’s work: Towards a convergence of own-account, waged, and unpaid care and domestic work?”

Reframing the contemporary child marriage debate – Lessons from India

Recent legislative developments on child marriage in India come at a time when the national data shows declining prevalence and a shift from child to early marriage. Evidence indicates that poverty and insecurity within patriarchal contexts are the main drivers of early marriage, a… Continue Reading “Reframing the contemporary child marriage debate – Lessons from India”

Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice

Abstract: Skimmed tells the story of the first recorded identical Black quadruplets, born in 1946 to Annie Mae Fultz, a Black-Cherokee woman who lost her ability to hear and speak in childhood and Pete Fultz, a tenant farmer in North Carolina. Annie Mae’s white… Continue Reading “Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice”

Unfair and Unjust-The Economic Rights and Entitlements of Separated/ Divorced Women in India

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ABSTRACT: The patriarchal Indian state has ensured that the economic rights and entitlements of separated women remain at a minimum. My study of these women surveys the conditions under which they live and to what extent they are able to access and benefit from… Continue Reading “Unfair and Unjust-The Economic Rights and Entitlements of Separated/ Divorced Women in India”

Sex work & Feminism in India -The vexed relationships

Feminist understandings and standpoints about ‘agency’ ‘consent’ and ‘voluntary entry into sex work’ remain fertile ground for discussions and debates but also possible disconnections among the two movements, which lead them to work on parallel lines that are difficult to connect. In India a… Continue Reading “Sex work & Feminism in India -The vexed relationships”

Gender Identity, Sex Work and the Dissonance of Government in Pandemic Times

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In thinking with the problematics of sex work, this paper reconsiders commensuration as the structuring relation between the rhetoric of liberal governance and the exercise of state-sanctioned power in everyday life. Within debates on sex work, understanding the dissonance between the law’s rhetoric and… Continue Reading “Gender Identity, Sex Work and the Dissonance of Government in Pandemic Times”