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Essentially political: gender and the politics of care in Mumbai
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
University of East London.
2010 (English)In: International feminist journal of politics, ISSN 1461-6742, E-ISSN 1468-4470, Vol. 12, no 1, 25 – 44- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to examine the gendered politics of social work in the Indian city of Mumbai, locating it in a post-colonial context. In order to do this secondary sources are examined along with empirical data collected by the authors. These are interpreted through the framework of a social constructionist methodology that draws on political sociology as well as elements of post-colonial theory and Foucauldian post-structuralism in order to acknowledge agency within a 'location' marked by both constraints and opportunities. The article explores the circumstances in which politicians and administrators find themselves in Mumbai. In considering gender and developing a strategy of what we term 'political essentialism', it is shown that those involved have been drawing on experiences in civil society and using imagined dualisms of gender to position themselves as shapers of social work in Mumbai.

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2010. Vol. 12, no 1, 25 – 44- p.
Keyword [en]
Social sciences - Social work
Keyword [sv]
Socialvetenskap - Socialt arbete
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Gender and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-13780DOI: 10.1080/14616740903429106Local ID: d122bea0-ca16-11de-b769-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:986733
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