When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics

Ashwin Parthasarathy


Gender roles and identities are deeply entrenched in society, especially situated in the global ‘south.’ This tenet has been part of a long standing tradition of gender/women’s studies and women’s studies.  What is also well explored is the fact that these gender roles manifest into vulnerabilities in times of emergencies like conflicts, disasters etc. The rapidly growing literature on gender and disaster continues to investigate the interplay of gender specific vulnerabilities, gender differential impacts, as well as gender specific coping mechanisms. In extension to this, a angential, but very relevant discourse, of exploiting disaster events as an opportunity to ‘build back better’ the physical and social fabric of an affected area; has become prevalent.

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