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Vents d'Est, vents d'Ouest

Christine Verschuur

Women’s Lifeworlds and the Idea of Feminist Insurgency

Kalpana Kannabiran

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An earlier, concise version of this presentation was delivered for the Public Debate panel on The Female Revolution at the International Sociology Forum, Barcelona, September 2008.

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I will look at feminist organizing in India, historically, attempting in the process to draw connections between late nineteenth and early twentieth century struggles, and struggles in contemporary India. The politics of alliance, belonging and becoming inform this reflection, as does the history of contemporary feminist organizing in India (Kannabiran 2006, 1997). The idea of a feminist revolution is a difficult notion to explore. But it is a useful way to start because it opens up exciting possibilities for comprehending women’s resistance. The periodisation of modern Indian history does not really help us grasp the totality, continuity and turbulence of women’s resistance. And this was what confounded me when I began to think about the idea of feminist resistance as insurgency.

Even before I begin to think about which parts of Indian history can be pieced together to posit a “feminist revolution”, more fundamental questions obstruct thought: can one even speak of a feminist revolu...


Asmita Collective and Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad, India.

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