Violence Against Women Volume: 18 Issue: 3 Dated: March 2012 Pages: 322-345
This article focuses on the interplay between nonfamilial and familial contexts in creating a "frontier culture of violence" in which violence against women (VAW) is experienced and contested.
Violence against women (VAW) in India is commonly attributed to an overarching metacultural patriarchal framework. Focusing on this national culture of violence obscures the experiences of VAW among ethnic minority women. This article focuses on VAW in Northeast India, a region populated by large numbers of Scheduled Tribes with different cultural norms, and where society has become militarized by ongoing insurgency and counterinsurgency. Though tempting, militarization alone is not a sufficient explanation for VAW; instead, this article focuses on the interplay between nonfamilial and familial contexts in creating a "frontier culture of violence" in which VAW is experienced and contested. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
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