Staging “small, small incidents”: Dissent, gender and militarization among young people in Kashmir

T.B. van der Molen, E.W. Bal

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Abstract

In this article, we reflect on the gendered contours of young Kashmiris' dissident practices against the Indian military occupation of the Kashmir Valley. It is largely based on ethnographic research that coincided with the launch of an ongoing, predominantly nonviolent people's movement in which youth have played a prominent role. The article shows how university students' and young professionals' "small activism" is entangled in the gendered dynamics of militarization and dissent, while underlining the threat posed by "security forces" to women's "honor" and "dignity." In the context of widespread societal anxiety about "dishonor," young Kashmiris' urge to reclaim dignity at once motivates them to practice dissent and narrows the scope for female dissidents' capacity to act upon this drive overtly. The present case suggests that recent anthropological interest in global youth cultural practices may be supplemented with a recognition of local constraints on young people's public opposition that arise in circumstances of(gendered) state oppression.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-107
JournalFocaal
Volume60
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Staging “small, small incidents”: Dissent, gender and militarization among young people in Kashmir. / van der Molen, T.B.; Bal, E.W.

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