Maoist Insurgency in Nepal: Radicalizing Gendered Narratives


Manchanda, Rita. 2004. "Maoist Insurgency in Nepal: Radicalizing Gendered Narratives."​ Cultural Dynamics 16 (2-3): 237-58.

Author: Rita Manchanda


The article examines the gender dynamics of the political contradictions in the Maoist revolution in Nepal. It probes the tension between a near critical mass of women in the Maoist movement and a male leadership ambivalent about redefining gender relations. Exploring the emancipatory potential of the participation of women in an authoritarian, militarized movement, this article comments on the transformation of cultural identities and the radicalization of the social agenda in Nepal. What does this mean for the development of freedom? How does it impact gender relations? What questions does it raise about accountability for human rights abuses?

Keywords: ethnicity, gender, resistance movement

Topics: Armed Conflict, Civil Society, Gender, Gendered Discourses, Gendered Power Relations, Military Forces & Armed Groups, Militarization, Political Participation, Rights, Human Rights Regions: Asia, South Asia Countries: Nepal

Year: 2004

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