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Gender Politics and Public Sphere

Shrines of Sufi saints in Kashmir are an important public space in the larger vacuum of spatial avenues for Kashmiri women. Shrines provide demarcated spaces and roles for women in its property and rituals, and facilitate religious education, socialisation, as well as political mobilisation. Despite being steeped in piety and devotion, mystic legacies and practices still pose as a relatively liberal alternative to the male-dominated public sphere in the valley. Drawing on ethnographic research, this paper seeks to unpack the gender politics in a religious public space and its ramifications for our larger understanding of the public sphere itself.

Bringing Space Alive

Doreen Massey (1944-2016), the feminist geographer who passed away recently, rued that space was always treated like a residual category in the social sciences. The time has come to engage with her multidimensional oeuvre and reclaim space as a strictly political category.

Tamil Nadu: 'Samathuvapuram': Towards Spatial Equality

The concept of housing communities, where dalits and people of other castes live together in mixed neighbourhoods and share all facilities - focuses for the first time on social and cultural equality in housing programmes. The plan itself germinated in response to recurrent caste and communal clashes in the state and has received considerable acceptance among the public.
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