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Remembering RevolutionGender, Violence, and Subjectivity in India's Naxalbari Movement$
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Srila Roy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198081722

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198081722.001.0001

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Mapping the Movement, Situating the Study

Mapping the Movement, Situating the Study

(p.20) 1 Mapping the Movement, Situating the Study
Remembering Revolution

Srila Roy

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the reader to the Naxalite movement, its history and historiography, and outlines the ethnographic context on which the book draws. It maps the movement particularly in terms of its gendered and classed economies, and thereby locates it in a longer tradition of communist and peasant struggles in Bengal and accompanied anxieties around sexuality, gender, class, and violence. This discussion also outlines the conceptual gaps in the feminist theorization of resistant violence, and calls for a stronger understanding of everyday violence as being continuous with the violence of political conflict. The last part of this chapter outlines the ethnographic context on which the book draws, offering some reflections on the kinds of issues thrown up in the course of fieldwork conducted in Kolkata.

Keywords:   Naxalbari/Naxalites, Kolkata/Bengal, Revolutionary violence, Gender, Sexual politics of left movements, the Bengali bhadralok, Interviews, Research relations

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