ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Dashing Ladies of the Shiv Sena

Members of the Shiv Sena's women's wing have adopted a skilful negotiation of the public sphere through everyday "visible" performative strategies that get expressed at the local level in urban India. The politics of visibility is critical in the constitution of the political, gendered subject within a political party, where women despite their broad participation, remain structurally subordinate. Narratives and data from fieldwork in this article show how personal stories of political awakening are deeply embedded in the visual performances and urban imaginaries that frame them.

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