Gendered discipline, gendered space: an ethnographic approach to gendered violence in India

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Why are Indian women’s lives at fatal risk in the public sphere, when Indian democracy is inclusive in terms of gender? Addressing this question reveals a methodological and theoretical blind spot in political science scholarship – a blind spot which results in the reproduction and legitimization of gender-blindness. To understand how and why political science reproduces and legitimizes gender-blindness I reflect on a particularly horrific case of sexual and gender-based violence, the 2012 Delhi gang rape. This analysis is significant because it provides insight into the difficulty of understanding gendered violence in political science and achieving gender equality within democratic societies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalSpace and Polity
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Oct 22 2016



  • feminism
  • political ethnography
  • political science
  • public sphere
  • sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV)
  • violence against women (VAW)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations

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