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Urban Utopias pp 227-246 | Cite as

Utopia Interrupted: Indian Sex/Gender Dissident Activism and the Everyday Search for a Life Worth Living

  • Caroline Osella
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology book series (PSUA)

Abstract

‘Revealing myths as simplistic or unrealistic does not help (…) we cultivate them even when we know better’, as Tereza Kuldova argued. Sex/gender activists in India are simultaneously well aware of problems with globalized liberal mythologies of ‘liberation’ and ‘gender freedom’ but are also caught up in them. While trying to maintain a sense of caution and realism about what might be possible in India’s capital, Delhi, or in small-town south India, still it proves impossible not to become drawn into imaginings of a different future. My ethnography reveals that utopias rise and are viciously shredded, and can carry us into urgent danger zones, in contexts of gendered violence.

Keywords

Sexual Violence Public Sphere Class Angle Gender Violence Trans People 
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  • Caroline Osella
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  1. 1.SOAS, University of LondonLondonUK

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