Fashioning Selves: Femininity, Sexuality and Disabled Women in India

  • Nandini Ghosh


This chapter explores the ways in which women with locomotor disabilities experience their impaired bodies and strive to adhere, as far as possible, to the socially acceptable ideas about femininity and ability. Socialized into gendered sociocultural ideologies, disabled girls come to realise and accept their differences from other able-bodied girls, within families, in the neighbourhood and at school. Disabled women discipline and survey their own bodies by engaging in practices which produce their own bodies according to the dictates of idealized normative construction of feminine embodiment. This chapter is based on empirical data collected through qualitative techniques of ethnography, including in-depth interviewing and case studies of sixteen women with disabilities living in the districts of 24 Parganas (S) and Kolkata in West Bengal.


Femininity Gender Locomotor disabilities India 


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  • Nandini Ghosh
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  1. 1.Institute of Development StudiesKolkataIndia

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