VIOLENCE OF NORMAL TIMES: ESSAYS
ON WOMEN'S LIVED REALITIES
Rs 500 Hb 2005
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volume attempts to look at the experience and articulation
of violence against women in relation to feminist
debates and organising on the issue, and the positive/
negative responses to that articulation, particularly
from the standpoint of law and the institutional
apparatuses of the State.
Its several essays focus on everyday settings: from
justice dispensed by traditional authorities to
modern courtrooms; domestic spaces; a home for mentally
disabled women in Pune; a factory in Tamil Nadu.
Moving from the routine to the extraordinary, the
essays analyse the spectrum of violence against
women that covers witch-hunting in adivasi communities;
the structural adjustment programmes and economic
violence; violence against sexual minorities; and
against women of religious and ethnic minorities.
Read together, these essays expose the extent of
systemic violence against women in India, a violence
so routinised that everyday forms of it slide into
the gross and macabre in a seamless continuum.
is currently Director, Council for Social Development, Hyderabad. She is a founder member of Asmita Resource Centre for
Women, and was part of the founding faculty at NALSAR University of Law.
With Vasant Kannabiran, she has co-authored De-Eroticising Assault:
Essays on Modesty, Honour and Power (2000), and translated from the original Tamil,
, Web of Deceit, a novel by Muvalur A. Ramamirthammal (2003). She was awarded the VKRV Rao Prize in Social Science Research in 2003, and the Amartya Sen Award for Distinguished Social Scientists in 2012. Her most recent book is
Tools of Justice: Non Discrimination and the Indian Constitution (2012).