• Leaving the Militarized Frontier: Migration and Tribal Masculinity in Delhi

    Author(s):
    Duncan McDuie-Ra (see profile)
    Date:
    2011
    Subject(s):
    India
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    ethnicity, masculinity, migration
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6SX1Z
    Abstract:
    In this article, the author examines the challenges to masculinity prompted by migration from the Northeast frontier of India to the capital city Delhi. Northeast India has been characterized by insurgency, counterinsurgency, and ethno-nationalism since Indian Independence in 1947. In this militarized environment, masculinity has been shaped by historical constructions of a warrior past fused with contemporary constructions based on ethno-nationalism and armed struggle. A dramatic increase in migration out of the region by young men and women to the urban centers of India to work in the retail and call center industries poses a major challenge as it ruptures the masculine norms of home. In response, men attempt to enforce these masculine norms with varied results. At the same time, new expressions of masculinity are evolving alongside conventional expressions demonstrating the fluidity of masculinity even among men from a region where masculine norms appear rigid.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Pub. DOI:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1097184X11430128
    Journal:
    Men and Masculinities
    Volume:
    15
    Start Page:
    112
    End Page:
    131
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 months ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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