An embodied political analysis of violence against women: Understanding female feticide in Punjab

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    Formal equality for Sikh women is explicitly enshrined in Indian and Sikh law. Despite formal guarantees of equality, Sikh women experience pervasive violence against women (VAW). I consider female feticide among Sikhs as one example of VAW. In particular, I examine current feminist explanations of VAW in Sikh and Punjab Studies and extend these explanations by bringing the symbolic and physical body into a single analysis because the symbolic body is mediated through contextual, situated, and embodied practice. I argue that we cannot equate the adoption of formal or religious laws with effective implementation or enforcement. Rather, I call for a critical examination of the gap between formal and religious law and women's lived reality to demonstrate how gender determines who is most vulnerable to violence, and to reveal how a singular focus on the symbolic body may maintain and perpetuate the very gender violence feminists seek to eradicate.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1-17
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of Punjab Studies
    Volume21
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Mar 1 2014

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    An embodied political analysis of violence against women : Understanding female feticide in Punjab. / Behl, Natasha.

    In: Journal of Punjab Studies, Vol. 21, No. 1, 01.03.2014, p. 1-17.

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