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The caste question : Dalits and the politics of modern India

Author: Anupama Rao
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2009
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

Explores how India's Dalits, or ex-untouchables, transformed themselves from stigmatized subjects into citizens. This work challenges standard thinking on caste as either a vestige of precolonial  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anupama Rao
ISBN: 9780520255593 0520255593 9780520257610 0520257618
OCLC Number: 489004633
Notes: Part one : emancipation. Caste radicalism and the making of a new political subject. The problem of caste property. Dalits as a political minority. Part two : the paradox of emancipation. Legislating caste atrocity. New directions in Dalit politics : symbologies of violence, Maharashtra, 1960-1979. The sexual politics of caste : violence and the ritual-archaic. Death of a kotwal : the violence of recognition. Epilogue : Dalit futures
Description: xxi, 392 s. : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Contents: List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments Author's Note Introduction Part One. Emancipation 1. Caste Radicalism and the Making of a New Political Subject 2. The Problem of Caste Property 3. Dalits as a Political Minority Part Two. The Paradox of Emancipation 4. Legislating Caste Atrocity 5. New Directions in Dalit Politics: Symbologies of Violence, Maharashtra, 1960-1979 6. The Sexual Politics of Caste: Violence and the Ritual-Archaic 7. Death of a Kotwal: The Violence of Recognition Epilogue: Dalit Futures List of Abbreviations Notes Index
Responsibility: Anupama Rao


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"Rao's book will be required reading for any student of Dalit emancipation in India for some time to come."--H-Net Reviews "Most compelling."--Asian Affairs

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