Reconstituting Selves in the Karachi Conflict Mohajir Women Survivors And Structural Violence(W-94)

Reconstituting Selves in the Karachi Conflict Mohajir Women Survivors And Structural Violence(W-94)

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  • Wednesday | 01 Sep, 2004
  • Lubna Nazir Chaudhry
  • Working Papers
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Lubna Nazir Chaudhry 2004  

The paper focuses on the efforts of two Mohajir women survivors to reconstitute themselves in the wake of violence in Karachi, Pakistan. For women at the lowest rung of urban society the reconstruction of self has particular nuances in the face of structural violence.  How do these women represent themselves as agents within the life-worlds they inhabit? How do post-colonial constructions of ethnicity, gender, and class play out in these representations?  In highlighting how agency remains delimited by social positioning and circumstances, the paper argues for a complex understanding of women’s agency and its implications in contexts of armed conflict.