Culture, Codes, and Schemas, the Habitus in Unsettled Times

Fall 2015 Grant Recipient

Graduate Student

Fauzia Husain (Sociology) This research examines the recent induction of women in a hybrid police-military commando-training unit in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province Pakistan, asking: how do commando women negotiate the tensions that ensue when gendered ethnic identities vie with globalized military dispositions to discipline their bodies? Employing ethnographic methods, the project tracks first, the acquisition of a new habitus by these women as they transition from raw recruit to elite commando. Second, it explores how these changes are perceived, understood and managed by the women, outside the context of police work, tracing the women's interactions with family members and friends, through the transition from recruit to commando.