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The Macksey Journal

Abstract

The conflict in Kashmir has been intensifying post-1989 and the recent revocation of Article 370 from the Indian Constitution in August, 2019, has changed the very rubric of Kashmir having multifaceted implications on the country. Adding to the history of continuing geo-political and armed conflict in the State, this has especially placed a problem for the women of the Valley to take on new roles and adjust to volatile situations. With it being a heavily militarised zone, and the absence of males from the domestic household, women have had to shoulder heavy responsibilities. The nature of the society within and outside the homes means they must reconcile with the demands made by the private- public sphere, while altering it in the process. Women have faced up to the situation bravely, dealing with the existing challenges through their personal subjectivities and experiences.

Leisure is a complex phenomenon with its meaning and nature changing continually. Society dictates, or is conducive to a particular mode of leisure, determining its form and nature, and also the extent and limit of participation. These broad questions cannot be answered all at once as a widely accepted Sociology of Leisure is yet to develop. Through our research we have tried to study leisure and how it occurs in the context and culture of Kashmiri society. It also tries to analyse the changing structure of the public domain and women’s invisibility from it.While gender remains an important factor in the question of who participates in what leisure activities; access to public space can be attributed to the role of class in urban settings, and the nature of society in Kashmir. If leisure is commonly referred to a state of freedom, an absence of obligations, a cluster of activities; how does it operate in areas of conflict?

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