The effect of brahmanical patriarchy on the marginalisation of women in sexual commerce in India

New publication by PhD researcher Jaffer Najar
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In his article, 'Brahmanical patriarchy and the politics of anti-trafficking and prostitution governance: from colonial to contemporary India', Jaffer Najar examines how Brahamical patriarchy and the close relation between prostitution and human trafficking contemporary anti-trafficking and prostitution governance policies in India.

He examines how the caste-driven hierarchy between the genders has shaped the historical and contemporary governance of human trafficking and sexual commerce, its political economy and its consequences for marginalised groups.

He argues that colonial and/or current political-economic interests and socio-cultural hierarchies and controls such as brahmanical patriarchy in India mould anti-trafficking and prostitution governance measures and thus continue the marginalization of sex workers, migrants and minorities.

Read the article online - 'Brahmanical patriarchy and the politics of anti-trafficking and prostitution governance: from colonial to contemporary India'Third World Quarterly, January 2023.

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