Negotiating violence: Everyday queer experiences of the law

Jain, Dipika, Aher, Abhina, Shaikh, Simran, Sarkar, Amrita and Tronic, Brian (2020) Negotiating violence: Everyday queer experiences of the law. Violence and Gender, 7 (4). pp. 141-149. ISSN 23267836

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This article seeks to comprehend the individual and structural dynamics that govern the relationship between the agents of the state and marginalized individuals and groups, specifically transgender and gender-diverse persons. Through interviews conducted with self-identified Hijra and trans women in Delhi, the article finds that most police violence and harassment happens on the streets, and not in prisons as is the dominant narrative. The interviews also demonstrate that violence directed at transgender persons by the state is largely not dependent on legal provisions, and that law enforcement officials are allowed to act with impunity. Finally, the article also critically examines the interactions between transgender persons and the police. Using the “everyday” framework from queer theory, the article draws on the relationality of power and queer persons' resistance to, and negotiation with, various dimensions of power in their daily lives. The article recognizes that Hijra and trans women are not passive entities without agency upon whom violence is enacted; they are able to reclaim the same public spaces that seek to govern their nonheteronormative behaviors and lifestyles. Through their negotiations with police officials, they continue to challenge the hegemonic and heteronormative regulations of the state.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Transgender Rights | Negotiation | Queer | Marginalization| Law Enforcement
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Human Rights
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 01 Jan 2022 06:17
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2022 11:43
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