BORDERS: THE SEXUALIZED POLITICS
OF GLOBALIZATION IN INDIA
than waning in significance, the author argues that
the nation-state is reasserted in globalisation
through material and discursive control over identities.
The anxiety with globalisation is displaced onto
gendered bodies, thereby intertwining the scale
of the body with the scale of the nation. Resolution
of the anxieties with globalisation, therefore,
is sought in policing gendered boundaries or conversely
demonstrating its strength.
The author examines the impact of India’s
relationship with a globalised world starting with
the liberalisation of the 1990s. In particular she
looks at three sites of public debates: the introduction
of satellite television and the opening up of the
airwaves; the 1996 Miss World pageant; and India’s
declaration of nuclear weapons capability in 1998.
Each site demonstrates efforts to realign the borders
and boundaries of the nation-state through a discourse
of sexual protection and masculine virility.
in the Women’s Studies Programme at Hunter
College, New York.