Structural violence; Gender-based violence; Youth participatory action research; Critical community psychology; Qualitative methodologies; Ethnic conflict and peacebuilding; South Asia.
Urmitapa Dutta's scholarship is oriented around the concept of “everyday”—as socially organized contexts as well as material settings in which injustice and oppression are configured. Specifically, her research program focuses on interrogating everyday violence, that is, forms of direct, structural (e.g., racism, health inequalities, poverty) and cultural violence (e.g., racialized and racist media representations) that become normalized and are no longer questioned by most people/institutions. Through deeply engaged community-based research in both India and the U.S., she has developed a framework of “everyday peace” to intervene in entrenched violence. Her current research examines cross-cutting topics of coloniality, citizenship, gendered oppression, and community building.