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Caste and Dalit Lifeworlds: Postcolonial Perspectives

Price : $24.75
ISBN # : 9788125034308
Author : Debjani Ganguly
pages: 288
Edition : Paperback
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Orient Blackswan
Published : 2008

Caste and Dalit Lifeworlds attempts to come to terms with the presence of caste in late modern India by asking two questions: How do we read caste today? Why is it no longer enough to brand caste as pre-modern and backward? The author argues that caste is less an essence responsible for India's "backwardness" as an assemblage of a variety of secular and non-secular practices and affects that generate everyday life in India, while being in a constant state of flux--something that cannot be completely contained in a narrative of nation-building, modernization and development. In order to illustrate the importance of reading caste in this light, she turns her archival and analytical focus on both caste Hindu and Dalit literary, mythographic and religious texts. The attempt is not to endorse either the caste-system or casteism, but to resist the reified ways in which caste continues to figure in social, scientific and nation-building discourses."

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Wednesday 20 October, 2010.
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