Dr Manali Desai is a Reader in Comparative and Historical Sociology at the University of Cambridge. Her work focuses on the areas of state formation, political parties, social movements, development, ethnic violence, gender and post-colonial studies. In this conversation, Dr Desai describes the underlying factors behind gendered violence in India, which is a key focus of her research. Dr Desai brings her expertise of post-colonial India and uses her sociological lens to dissect the institutional conditions that normalise rape, explores how neoliberalism relates to sexual violence, white feminist gaze and more.
Desai, M. 2016. ‘Gendered Violence and the Body Politic in India‘, New Left Review 99, 67-83.
DeLeon, C., M. Desai and C. Tugal (eds.). 2015. Building Blocs: How Parties Organize Society. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press. (ASA Political Sociology Section: Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship (Article or Book Chapter) Award
Chatterjee, P., M. Desai and P. Roy (eds.). 2009. States of Trauma: Gender and Violence in South Asia. New Delhi: Zubaan and Cambridge University Press.
Desai, M. 2007. State Formation and Radical Democracy in India, 1860-1990. [Studies in Asia’s Transformations Series]. London and New York: Routledge.