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'When Women Unite!': The Making of the Anti-Liquor Movement in Andhra Pradesh, India
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In 1991, women from Dubagunta, Nellore District in the state of Andhra Pradesh forced the liquor traders to leave the area. This incident is believed to have been the origin of the Anti-Liquor Movement, which finally led to alcoholic beverages being prohibited in the state. The main participants in the early struggle were unprivileged, rural low-caste women. They were supported by voluntary organisations and later by politicians from the opposition parties.

The study presents an analysis of the process whereby the political and private endeavours of individuals were integrated into a broader social movement. It discusses discourses on gender and household relations in rural Andhra Pradesh and the involvement of urban activists as organisers, leaders and translators of the struggle. The attention is on how politicians, representatives of the state administration, and liquor traders either sided with the temperance movement or worked against it, and on the blurred boundary between 'friend' and 'foe'. It demonstrates how the media coverage and the gathering of participants in collective activities - such as demonstrations, meetings, sit-ins, and protest travelling - were vital for the formation of an 'imagined community' of protest.

The Anti-Liquor Movement of Andhra Pradesh is shaped by global processes. The Indian economy opened up to global market forces in the 1980s and at the same time local activists became involved in transnational debates on feminism, Gandhianism, and Marxism. Even so, as the study reveals, the movement as such was mainly confined to Andhra Pradesh.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University , 2006. , 284 p.
Stockholm studies in social anthropology, ISSN 0347-0830 ; 60
Keyword [en]
social movements, anthropology, gender, alcohol problems, India
National Category
Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-980ISBN: 91-7155-249-9OAI: diva2:200764
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2006-06-09, hörsal 4, hus B, Universitetsvägen 10, Stockholm, 10:00
Available from: 2006-04-19 Created: 2006-04-19 Last updated: 2012-09-20Bibliographically approved

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