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Author: Matthew S. Richards

Title: The Gulabi Gang, Violence, and the Articulation of Counterpublicity

Subtitle: -

Journal: Communication, Culture & Critique

Volume: Published online before print


Year: 2016 (Received: November 4, 2014, Revised: May 28, 2015, Accepted: June 3, 2015, Published online: January 6, 2016)

Pages: 19 pages

ISSN: 1753-9129 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1753-9137 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 21st Century | Asian History: Indian History


Link: Wiley Online Library (Restricted Access)


Author: Matthew Steven Richards, Department of Communication, University of Utah

Abstract: »This essay analyzes the resistive tactics of the Gulabi Gang in rural India between approximately 2006 and 2013, asserting the Gulabi Gang as a counterpublic that used violence to negotiate and achieve its counterpublicity. The Gulabi Gang represents a nodal point in a rich and complex history of resistance against gender- and caste-related violence in India. Through this analysis, I contend the group implicitly challenges the prearranged distinction between violence and legitimacy, which undergirds popular discourses, orientalist stereotypes, and much of rhetorical theory.« (Source: Communication, Culture & Critique)


  A history of resistance
  Violent articulations of counterpublicity
    Negotiating identity and space
    Gaining voice and putting oppression on the agenda
    Violent violations of gender norms

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