ERIC Number: EJ1210772
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Power Relations in the Force Field of Academia: A Close Reading of Srividya Natarajan's "No Onions nor Garlic"
SAGE Open, v9 n1 Jan 2019
University campuses serve as second homes for students, teachers, administrators, and parents coming from diverse regions, religions, classes, castes, and different genders. Interaction and camaraderie between the major characters in the academe develop. The bonhomie that exists between the stakeholders of the academe has its own rules, rules that are marked by the interference of power. The one wielding more power by virtue of one's position, class, caste, or gender tries to dictate the terms of a particular relationship. Relations evolve as power relations, whereby a specific code of conduct regarding speech, behavior, thought, writing, love, and life is laid down for all--from administrators and professors to students and parents. This article studies how in a location as specific as Chennai University as described in Srividya Natarajan's "No Onions Nor Garlic," the ideological prejudices and hierarchical divisions highlighted by the play of power affect the daily life of the academe and chart out the course of action for everyone, from professors, students, high caste, low caste to men and women, involved in power relations. On the basis of that, this article suggests power in general serves not only to suppress the powerless but is productive also, as countering power with power creates a proper kind of resistance that blurs the difference between the agent and the target of power in power relations.
Descriptors: Power Structure, Social Class, Gender Differences, Speech Communication, College Students, College Faculty, Universities, Foreign Countries, Social Status, Novels, Self Determination, Authors, Interpersonal Relationship, Ideology, College Administration, Social Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: India