Intimacy and injury

In the wake of #MeToo in India and South Africa

Edited by Nicky Falkof, Srila Roy and Shilpa Phadke

Intimacy and injury
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    Both India and South Africa have shared the infamy of being labelled the world's 'rape capitals', with high levels of everyday gender-based and sexual violence. At the same time, both boast long histories of resisting such violence and its location in wider cultures of patriarchy, settler colonialism and class and caste privilege.

    Through the lens of the #MeToo moment, the book tracks histories of feminist organising in both countries, while also revealing how newer strategies extended or limited these struggles. Intimacy and injury is a timely mapping of a shifting political field around gender-based violence in the global south. In proposing comparative, interdisciplinary, ethnographically rich and analytically astute reflections on #MeToo, it provides new and potentially transformative directions to scholarly debates this book builds transnational feminist knowledge and solidarity in and across the global south.


    'The contributors have relied on intersectionality, transnationalism, inclusivity, and reflexivity in their exploration of the landscape of violence and violation in India and South Africa.'
    Ipshita Mitra, Feminism in India

    'This brilliant collection brings together incisive and critical accounts of feminist organising, written by, for and from scholars of colour from India and South Africa. By refuting the claim that #MeToo has travelled to the Global South, the book suggests the need for a radical re-imagining of the raced, classed gender politics of sexual violence at scalar level and offers a different perspective "from the margins".'
    Sweta Rajan-Rankin, The Sociological Review

    'Intimacy and injury is a timely mapping of a shifting political field around gender-based violence in the global south.'
    Gary Edwards, Institute of Development Studies 'Must Reads of 2022'

    'The call for collaborative work across disciplines, modalities and other spaces of knowledge unrecognised by the academy is clearly a priority for decolonial, feminist and queer scholarship. The book models this admirably, it is threaded through with art, images and poetry, both in the chapters and in the reflective pieces that so poignantly draw the sections together. This is indeed a strength of this book which also presents us with a rich account of #MeToo and other feminist activisms within these two global Southern contexts, offering an important contribution to the larger scholarship around #MeToo and extending the lens of the recent international handbook (Chandra and Erlingsdóttir, 2021) which, while providing a valuable and wide scan of geopolitical contexts, included a minority of global Southern voices.'
    Tamara Shefer, Feminist Encounters (6(2), 34)


    Introduction:Intimacy, injury and #MeToo in India and South Africa - Srila Roy, Nicky Falkof and Shilpa Phadke

    Part I: Pre-histories
    1 South Africa's own 'Delhi moment': news coverage of the murders of Jyoti Singh and Anene Booysen - Nechama Brodie
    2 Hokkolorob, campus politics and the pre-histories of #MeToo - Paromita Chakravarti and Jhelum Roy
    3 Reading in-between the sheets: in conversation about SWEAT's #SayHerName - Ntokozo Yingwana and Nosipho Vidima
    Reflection: 'When will the State be #MeToo'd?' - Jyotsna Siddharth

    Part II MeToo's silences
    4 Moments of Erasure of the testimonies of sexual violence against Dalit women - Rupali Bansode
    5 #Metoo and the troubling of the rural public sphere in India: a feminist media house reports from the hinterland - Disha Mullick
    6 Contesting the meaning/s of sexual violence in the South African postcolony: where are the male victims? - Louise du Toit
    7 Rebuilding precarious solidarities: a feminist debate in internet time - Shilpa Phadke
    Reflection: Progressive men and Predatory Practices - Jessica Breakey

    Part III Institutional locations: The university and the State
    8 #EndRapeCulture and #MeToo: of intersectionality, rage and injury - Amanda Gouws
    9 From harassment to transgression: understanding changes in the legal landscape of sexual harassment in India - Rukmini Sen
    10 Feminism and fallism in institutions: in conversation with Jackie Dugard - Zuziwe Khuzwayo and Ragi Bashonga
    Reflection: Beyond the media storm: on sexual harassment in the news and the newsrooms - Nithila Kanagasabai

    Part IV: Affect and aesthetics
    11 Fury, pain, resentment . and fierceness: configurations of con/destructive affective activism in women's organising - Peace Kiguwa
    12 Queer feminism and India's #MeToo - Jaya Sharma
    13 Fugitive aesthetics: performing refusal in four acts - Swati Arora
    Reflection: 'Gay boys don't cry when we're raped': queer shame and secrecy - Jamil F. Khan


    Nicky Falkof is Professor of Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand

    Shilpa Phadke is Professor at the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

    Srila Roy is Professor of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand

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