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Locating Freedom of Self in the Community: On Reading Baby Kamble’s The Prisons We Broke

Atreyee Sengupta

All About Ambedkar: A Journal on Theory and Praxis, Volume 1, Issue 1, September-December, 2020, 51-56



Reading autobiographies confronts readers with the problem of interpreting experience not just as an individual’s testimony but as coming up with certain ideas that also transcend that specific individualistic connotation. Baby Kamble’s The Prisons We Broke, even as an autobiography, continually tries to engage with narratives of oppression and resistance both at the level of the larger society and the community. This paper tries to engage with not only the reality of experience captured in the narrative but also with the wider ideas of resistance that become instrumental in interrogating the oppressive social relations constituted by the patriarchal structures of the society.

Atreyee Sengupta studied Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Presidency University, Kolkata. She has recently completed Master of Arts in Political Science from Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research interests include political theory, the intersection of feminist political theory and caste politics, and the feminist engagements with politics of law in India.



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