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Palgrave Studies in Oral History

Surviving Bhopal

Dancing Bodies, Written Texts, and Oral Testimonials of Women in the Wake of an Industrial Disaster

Authors: Mukherjee, S.

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On December 2-3, 1984, India witnessed arguably the world s worst industrial disaster in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, which continues to this day as an economic, medical, environmental, and political disaster. Surviving Bhopal draws on oral testimonials of the affected community and analyzes the cause and aftermath of the disaster from the perspective of those who suffered the severe consequences of systemic failure and travesty of justice. The event resulted in a resistance movement, led by women, against corporate and state power. Mukherjee explores the underlying gender politics, showing how activism challenged and redefined the contemporary model of development.

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SUROOPA MUKHERJEE is a Reader in the Department of English at Hindu College, University of Delhi, India.

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"From the outset this superb book does more than represent the voices of those maimed or bereaved; it suggests that the social costs of industrial progress have never really been calculated for the poor. At the same time, the book s latter chapters document the ways in which survivors have struggled for better futures, how affected individuals (in particular, women) have acquired new habits of resistance and autonomy, and how oral history itself can assist in the acts of both remembering and analysing the politics of the disaster. Lucid and remarkable." - Times Higher Education

"Suroopa Mukherjee's important book tells how Bhopali women from one of the poorest sections of society on earth have thrown off the veil and led a spirited, inspiring resistance against corruption and injustice by a multinational corporation and its political allies." - Indra Sinha, Author of Animal s People, based on the Bhopal tragedy

"This is a captivating read and the work is an admirable example of scholarship and artistry guided by moral principle and passion. Mukherjee designed it to purposefully and forcefully keep the Bhopal gas tragedy in global public discourse - indeed, to reintroduce it. She works diligently and passionately with oral history narratives from women survivors together with vivid accounts of women s collective participation in activities that continue to press for compensation, justice, respect, and dignity. With poignancy, her brave and timely objective is to pierce the veil of secrecy by using indigenous oral traditions to deconstruct corporate and bureaucratic obfuscation that function as a tool of oppression. This work is an outstanding examination of every imaginable dimension of the Bhopal gas tragedy." - Raymond E. Wiest, Professor Emeritus, Anthropology, University of Manitoba, Canada


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Mukherjee, Suroopa

    Pages 1-16

  • The Killer Factory: A Disaster Waiting to Happen

    Mukherjee, Suroopa

    Pages 17-39

  • Monstrous Memories: “Reliving” the Night of the Disaster

    Mukherjee, Suroopa

    Pages 41-59

  • Bhopal Lives On: The Many Faces of the Continuing Disaster

    Mukherjee, Suroopa

    Pages 61-80

  • Women as Bread Earners: Shattered Lives and the Relentless Struggle for Survival

    Mukherjee, Suroopa

    Pages 81-100

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Surviving Bhopal
Book Subtitle
Dancing Bodies, Written Texts, and Oral Testimonials of Women in the Wake of an Industrial Disaster
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Oral History
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-10632-1
DOI
10.1057/9780230106321
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-60811-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 212
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