Violence, Gender, and Subjectivity


Das, Veena. 2008. “Violence, Gender, and Subjectivity.” Annual Review of Anthropology 37: 283-99. doi: 10.1146/annurev.anthro.36.081406.094430.

Author: Veena Das


This review examines the interlocking of violence, gender, and subjectivity within the overarching framework of the sexualization of the social contract. Tracking the question of gendered belonging to the nation state, the article discusses the anthropological literature along with feminist and critical theory to shed light on the relation between reproduction and death as a way of giving life to the nation-state. Sexual and reproductive violence are closely linked to the social and cultural imaginaries of order and disorder; and violence, far from being an interruption of the ordinary, is folded into the ordinary.

Keywords: contract, consent, militarization, sexuality, domestic

Topics: Citizenship, Gender, Military Forces & Armed Groups, Militarization, Nationalism, Sexual Violence, Violence

Year: 2008

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