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Borders, Histories, Existences
Gender and Beyond

  • Paula Banerjee - Vice-Chancellor, The Sanskrit College and University


© 2010 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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.

 
Introduction: Histories and Historians of Borders
 
PART ONE: BORDERS AND THEIR PASTS
 
Aliens in the Colonial World
 
Borders as Unsettled Markers: The Sino-Indian Border
 
The Line of Control: Kashmir
 
PART TWO: 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
 
PART THREE: LAW AND THE BORDER
 
Border Laws and Conflicts in North-east India
 
Epilogue
 
Bibliography
 
Index

Borders, Histories, Existences by Paula Banerjee is a gripping enquiry into the nature of South Asian borders… Banerjee’s brilliant analysis delves deep into the recent developments in border studies while at the same time going back to different histories only to give them a new rendering with the help of the contemporary concept of borders… Borders, Histories, Existences is a distinctive and broadening contribution to Asian studies. Students of politics, history and gender will find it very beneficial to their respective fields… The most attractive feature of Borders, Histories, Existences is its emphasis on borderlands as a unique form of existence instead of going for the notorious defense and strategic studies. Despite the large academic scope of the work it is quite accessible and can be used as an introduction by those who are interested in border studies.

Dawn

Backed by data, historical fact and popular narrative, this timely book helps the reader to understand that human rights and security are complementary paradigms – one cannot be sustained without the other. 

Himal SouthAsian

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