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Caste Question: Dalits & the Politics Of Modern India

Price : $39.50
ISBN # : 9788178242866
Author : Rao, Anupama
pages: 392
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Permanent Black
Published : 2010

This innovative work of historical anthropology explores how India's Dalits, or ex-untouchables, transformed themselves from stigmatized subjects into citizens. Anupama Rao's account challenges standard thinking on caste as either a vestige of precolonial society or an artifact of colonial governance. Focusing on western India in the colonial and post colonial periods, she shines a light on South Asian historiography and on ongoing caste discrimination, to show how persons without rights came to possess them and how Dalit struggles led to the transformation of such terms of colonial liberalism as rights, equality, and person hood. Extending into the present, the ethnographic analysis of The Caste Question reveal the dynamics of an Indian democracy distinguished not by overcoming caste, but by new forms of violence and new means of regulating caste.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Monday 14 February, 2011.
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