As women’s organizations have mobilized the Indian State since the 1980’s to institute a slate of laws on intimate violence, men’s groups (MRAs) have formed in counterpoint to challenge definitions of dowry, violence, economic restitution and punitive criminal apparatuses deployed in cases of family violence. These groups have become substantial transnational vocal presences through Internet sites and campaigns, and have orchestrated political and cultural interventions in India and beyond. This presentation will use documents and visual materials produced by these groups, as well as ethnographic work with group members, to lay out the forms of evidence and argumentation used in recruitment. MRA discourses both incorporate and invert the language of gender equity and human rights, violence, and abjection. This talk will explore the questions such movements raise for social movement organizing, formulations of gender justice, and constructions of State, family and entitlements.
Srimati Basu is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky. She is the author of the monographs The Trouble with Marriage: Feminists Confront Law and Violence in India (University of California Press, 2015) and She Comes to Take Her Rights: Indian Women, Property and Propriety (SUNY Press, 1999), editor of Dowry and Inheritance (Women Unlimited, 2005), and co-editor (with Lucinda Ramberg) of Conjugality Unbound: Sexual Economy and the Marital Form in India (Women Unlimited, 2014).
University of Kentucky (Gender and Women’s Studies)
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