Political Agender

Manuela Ciotti  has edited the collection of essays Unsettling the Archetypes: Femininities and Masculinities in Indian Politics for Women Unlimited.


How have the archetypes for femininities and masculinities been reshaped in Indian political history and in the present? How have the practises and subjectivities of none-lite individuals and communities contributed to the production of alternative self representation? What does a focus on the linkages between materialities and ideologies reveal in such an inquiry?


Unsettling the Archetypes addresses these questions from the standpoint of longstanding issues within Indian society, history and culture. An expression of multiple temporalities and diverse regional contexts, these issues range from the nationalist movement for independence to the career of the Women’s Bill in Parliament; violence in Hindu-Muslim relations; meanings surrounding the body; the life of history textbooks; and forms of activism among Dalit communities.

Rather than offering one encompassing framework for all phenomena, the essays in this volume sketch new lineages, connections, and ruptures in the production of femininities and masculinities across political time and space. They testify to the profound need to further interrogate the very categories of gender and politics in order to emphasise the importance of situated accounts. Thus, by thinking of ‘other’ male bodies, of non-feminist women, and of recalcitrant Muslim youth, for example, this volume compels us to move beyond known frameworks and to expand the existing repertoire of possible selves, while unsettling their order.

Rs. 650,  273+viii pages, paperback, ISBN: 9788188965960

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