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This is an insightful historical work on borders and bordered existences, with special emphasis on the gender dimensions of these existences. The author argues that the experiences of women living on borders and in borderlands are definitive of those of the vulnerable communities who bear the brunt of the complex border and security issues. The conditions of migrant women, women peace campaigners, and victims of human trafficking and mobile diseases are presented as markers of bordered existences. Their history is one of negotiations with structures of control, leading to insecurity, subversion, endurance and a different kind of existence. Thus, this book adopts a critical feminist history angle.
Borders, Histories, Existences: Gender and Beyond contends that borders are, by definition, lines of inclusion and exclusion established by the state. It analyses how states construct borders and try to make them static and rigid and how bordered existences, such as women, migrant workers, victims of human trafficking, etc., destabilise the rigid constructs. It explores the political conditions that have made borders problematic in post-colonial South Asia and how these borders have become regions of extreme control or violence.
The book contains new research data and original theories and would provide crucial information to those studying colonial and post-colonial history, politics and international relations, South Asia studies and sociology.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Histories and Historians of Borders
I: BORDERS AND THEIR PASTS
Aliens in the Colonial World
Borders as Unsettled Markers: The Sino-Indian Border
The Line of Control: Kashmir
II: LIFE ON THE BORDER
Circles of Insecurity: The Border People
Negotiating Differences: The Indian State and its Women in the Borderlands
Mobile Diseases and the Border
III: LAW AND THE BORDER
Border Laws and Conflicts in North-east India