ECSAS 2023 – Turin 26-29 July

(C)overt Mobilisations Interrogating women’s participation in an Anti-Dispossession Struggle in Odisha, India


DSOUZA SONAL ANN - Jawaharlal Nehru University, CSRD, New Delhi, India


03 – Changing Forms of Gendered Participation in Politico-ideological Movements in South Asia: Histories, Networks, (In)Visibilities


 The struggles against dispossession in India have received national and international recognition since the 1980s. With the growing discontent over the economic policies especially the ones involving dispossession, protests have been a general recourse. While women have been at the forefront of the movement, their involvement has been often invisibilised.  The paper tries to look at women’s participation in an anti-dispossession movement in contemporary Odisha, India. The movement was against the setting up of mineral-based industry in the region.  By mapping women’s experience through oral narratives, the paper tries to bring out the various ways in which women were involved in the movement, shaped and reshaped it, and propelled it forward.