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Agency, intimacy, and rape jokes: an ethnographic study of young women and sexual risk in Chennai

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In this article, I examine the circulation of jokes about sexual violence among young middle class women in the South Indian city of Chennai. Drawing on ethnographic research with undergraduate students in this city, I locate the rape joke in an ambivalent discourse of risk that conflates the possibility of sexual assault with the perceived ‘risks’ of women’s sexual autonomy. In this context, I argue that humour about sexual violence functions as a form of lateral agency, facilitating a break...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1111/1467-9655.12334

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
St John's College
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Publisher:
Wiley
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Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute More from this journal
Publication date:
2015-01-01
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1467-9655
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pubs:578274
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uuid:cb7237d0-b55d-4fc6-a583-ef2c062dd381
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578274
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2015-12-04

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