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Remembering Revolution

Srila Roy

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780198081722
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199082223 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198081722.001.0001
Remembering Revolution

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Remembering Revolution explores the gendered politics of leftwing cultures and practices of violence. It is a study of women’s role and involvement in the late 1960s radical left Naxalbari movement of West Bengal, the origin of India’s Maoist revolution. At a time when the face of international terrorism is increasingly female, this book raises new and pressing questions about women’s participation in cultures of violence through the memories of urban, middle-class women activists. One of the first major studies of the gender and sexual politics of Naxalbari, the book draws on a unique body of historiographic, popular and personal memoirs, and a wide range of interdisciplinary theoretical devices. In making central the issue of violence, the book offers fresh reflections on how women are implicated by and negotiate different types of violence. It forwards the first major examination of the ordinary, everyday interpersonal violence of revolutionary movements. Such forms of violence are not merely silenced in the collective memory of Naxalbari but also in women’s own search for heroic identity through militant action. Moving beyond current considerations of radical politics as a site of women’s agency or victimhood, the book points to the more ambivalent, psychosocial implications and costs of women’s political identifications and subjectivities.

Keywords: Women; Sexuality; Memory; Trauma; Political violence; Sexual violence; Subjectivity; Indian Maoism; Naxalbari; West Bengal/India

Book.  264 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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Gendering the Revolution in Remembering Revolution

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Everyday Life in the Underground in Remembering Revolution

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