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Sushma Joshi

In: Sexual Sites, Seminal Attitudes: Sexualities, Masculinities and Culture in South Asia

Chapter 10: ‘Cheli-Beti’ Discourses of Trafficking and Constructions of Gender, Citizenship and Nation in Modern Nepal

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‘Cheli-Beti’ Discourses of Trafficking and Constructions of Gender, Citizenship and Nation in Modern Nepal
‘Cheli-beti’ discourses of trafficking and constructions of gender, citizenship and nation in modern Nepal
SushmaJoshi

Trafficking, as a cultural construct, national myth, media enterprise and social issue, has generated discourses around it from multiple locations. Engaging with these discourses means interrogating notions of gendered bodies and sexuality, migration and work, transnational boundaries and capital and the virtual circulation of media representations. By looking at the sites from which these discourses originate, and are reproduced and disseminated, I hope to chart a rough guide that allows us to traverse the fault-lines of power in modern Nepal.

Within Nepal and in other parts of the subcontinent, trafficking has come to symbolise a process through which women ...

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