‘Justice in a looking glass world’ by Nandini Sundar

Nandini Sundar from Department of Sociology, University of Delhi, presented his research entitled ‘Justice in a looking glass world’ at the Sociological Research Colloquium.

When: Friday, 13th January 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Where: Seminar Room (First Floor), Department of Sociology, University of Delhi 


This talk focuses on the fantasies and fears of the state in Chhattisgarh as they relate to Maoists, human rights activists and ordinary villagers, and the encounters with the law these engender; as well as the rule(s) of law they endanger. Placed against the background of a decade long counterinsurgency operation, this paper looks at the specific case of three villages, two enquiries, and the construction of a national culture of impunity.  

About the Speaker

Nandini Sundar is Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University. Her recent publications include, The Burning Forest: India’s War in Bastar (Juggernaut Press, 2016); an edited volume, The Scheduled Tribes and their India (OUP, 2016) and Civil Wars in South Asia: State, Sovereignty, Development, (Sage, 2014, co-edited with Aparna Sundar). She was awarded the Infosys Prize for Social Sciences – Social Anthropology (2010), and the Ester Boserup Prize for Development Research (2016).

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