Women and citizenship post-trafficking: the case of Nepal

Diane Richardson, Nina Laurie, Meena Poudel, Janet Townsend

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    This article analyses the relationship between gender, sexuality and citizenship embedded in models of citizenship in the Global South, specifically in South Asia, and the meanings associated with having - or not having - citizenship. It does this through an examination of women's access to citizenship in Nepal in the context of the construction of the emergent nation state in the 'new' Nepal 'post-conflict'. Our analysis explores gendered and sexualized constructions of citizenship in this context through a specific focus on women who have experienced trafficking, and are beginning to organize around rights to sustainable livelihoods and actively lobby for changes in citizenship rules which discriminate against women. Building from this, in the final section we consider important implications of this analysis of post-trafficking experiences for debates about gender, sexuality and citizenship more broadly.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)329-348
    Number of pages20
    JournalThe Sociological Review
    Issue number2
    Early online date14 Apr 2016
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016


    • Citizenship
    • Feminism
    • Gender
    • Nepal
    • Post-trafficking
    • Sexuality


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