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Fertile DisorderSpirit Possession and Its Provocation of the Modern$
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Kalpana Ram

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836306

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836306.001.0001

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The Nature of the Complaint

The Nature of the Complaint

(p.194) Chapter 7 The Nature of the Complaint
Fertile Disorder

Kalpana Ram

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the nature of complaints that are brought to the “court” of the goddess, with particular emphasis on how they compare to the qualities of the justice dispensed by the court. Drawing on the life narratives of female mediums, the chapter considers the wider context in which women file complaints at the courts of goddesses and saints to seek redress for what they perceive to be injustices done against them. It then explores the views of Arthur Kleinman and Nancy Scheper-Hughes concerning “somatization” and goes on to discuss the more politicized discourses that treat bodily affects in relation to the concept of “social suffering.” It also analyzes the interrelationships among the body, sociality, and injustice and concludes by looking at the political concerns for equality and justice that flow from the oppressions of caste.

Keywords:   complaints, justice, female mediums, goddess, injustice, somatization, social suffering, sociality, equality, caste

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