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Title: Naga Traditional Space for Women in the Society, Colonial Intervention and Gender Resurgence
Other Titles: The Case of the Naga Mothers Association and the Watsu Mundang
Authors: Longkumer, Supongbenla
Keywords: Naga Mothers Association - Watsu Mundang
Naga Women - Gender Resurgence - Traditional Space
Roy Burman, J.J.
School of Development Studies
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: Objectives of the Study • To understand the politics and discourses of both the Naga Mother’s Association and the Watsu Mundang. • To understand how women from both the Naga Mother’s Association and Watsu Mundang participate and negotiate with the various stakeholders using their traditional roles/ maternal frame • To understand how the patriarchal state as well other civil societies restrict women during conflict or in decision making processes • To understand how women from different generations see their participation in peace building and their participation in decision making processes as well. • To understand the creation of spaces- political, social, economic for women in the complex Naga Society Rationale of the Study There has been various writings and researches undertaken to understand the Naga Mothers Association, their roles and contributions during conflict situations. Their role of being ‘mothers’ towards the Naga society has been much praised and given much emphasis. We also see that this role has been played numerous times to also negotiate for the rights of women in the state in spaces that are dominated by men, in other words, spaces which are ‘not meant’ for women. How the women negotiate to enter into such spaces and what approaches they use, have generated an interest in me to understand their positioning within the complex web of the Naga society in order for them to participate in the so called ‘modern’ society wherein they seem to be also challenging the patriarchal mindset and social constructions of a women’s role. Conflict phenomenon has given rise to various women’s groups and during intense situations; the women of these organisations were the ones who helped bring about calmness to a certain extent. The way they function and negotiate with the various groups during troubled times, also need to be looked at through a critical lens keeping in mind its implications for the future generation and the path that it lays for women to be able to break away from traditional roles and mindset. The study also aims to add to the existing pool of knowledge and generate wider and critical understanding as I as a researcher felt that there is a need for deeper understanding and critical engagement in terms of the roles being played time and again by women of the state, bearing in mind the problems and challenges faced by the women and the leadership taken in a society undergoing from tribal state to nation state.
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