This is a book about embodiment and identity in the context of particular women's lives in an urban setting. It is concerned with the development of a sociology of embodiment in the context of women's lives in contemporary, urban India. The focus on embodiment is mediated by gender and class, two critical elements that constitute identity in relation to embodiment. The study is based on material collected from interviews with working class women in an urban slum and with professional, upper class women, with young women in secondary schools and from material from a women's magazine. Apart from theoretical considerations, the book gives centrality to women's voice in the construction of her identity as an embodied being, located in particular socio-economic settings in urban India. The book also attempts to provide an understanding of resistance in the context of women's lives, both as a conceptual tool and a strategy in everyday life.

Aporiai of Resistance1

Aporiai of resistance

In this concluding chapter, I examine the emancipatory possibilities of resistance, as a tool and a strategy, by women in urban, contemporary India. I also seek to establish the quality and power of resistance, as two sides of the same coin, that enables possibilities even as it forecloses them, allows engagement with the operation of power and simultaneously prevents the containment of power. I further argue that, in this sense, the dual characteristic of resistance, symbolising both agency and loss, is not a negative phenomenon that may suggest the eventual voicelessness and despair of the gendered subject. In fact, taking recourse to Derrida's theory of aporias (Derrida 1993), I seek to present resistance as an enabling construct, a state of ...

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