New Subaltern Politics: Reconceptualizing Hegemony and Resistance in Contemporary India

Hardcover | July 22, 2015

EditorAlf Gunvald Nilsen, Srila Roy

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New Subaltern Politics presents a critical dialogue between the conceptual and analytical legacies of Subaltern Studies and the evolving forms of hegemony and resistance in contemporary India. From the struggles of the urban poor in Gujarat to the activism of sexual subalterns in eastern Indiaand the mobilization of artisanal fishing communities in Tamil Nadu, the essays in this volume cover a diverse range of ongoing struggles against dispossession, disenfranchisement, and stigma that are unfolding in neoliberal India. The volume analyses the forms of collective agency that subaltern groups develop to negotiate with the workings of power from above. Foregrounding the imaginative, affective, and secular dimensions of subaltern agency, New Subaltern Politics interrogates the current relevance of Gramscian conceptsof hegemony, subalternity, and the integral state in the contemporary Indian context. Bringing together path-breaking methodological and conceptual interventions in the study of subaltern politics, this volume will be invaluable to all those engaged - as academics or as activists - in the struggleagainst unjust societies and unequal developmental trajectories.

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New Subaltern Politics presents a critical dialogue between the conceptual and analytical legacies of Subaltern Studies and the evolving forms of hegemony and resistance in contemporary India. From the struggles of the urban poor in Gujarat to the activism of sexual subalterns in eastern Indiaand the mobilization of artisanal fishing c...

Alf Gunvald Nilsen teaches at the Department of Sociology at the University of Bergen, Norway. Srila Roy teaches at the Department of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 1.04 inPublished:July 22, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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INTRODUCTIONAcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsIntroductionAlf Gunvald Nilsen and Srila Roy: Reconceptualizing Subaltern Politics in Contemporary IndiaI ENGAGING GRAMSCI1. For a Historical Sociology of StateAlf Gunvald Nilsen: Society Relations in the Study of Subaltern Politics2. Rethinking HegemonyManali Desai: Caste, Class, and Political Subjectivities among Informal Workers in Ahmedabad3. Recovering Caste PrivilegeAjantha Subramanian: The Politics of Meritocracy at the Indian Institutes of TechnologyII IMAGINATION, FAITH, AFFECT4. Representing the AdivasiRashmi Varma: Limits and Possibilities of Postcolonial Theory5. Can the Subaltern Be Secular?Aparna Sundar: Negotiating Catholic Faith, Identity, and Authority in Coastal Tamil Nadu6. Affective Politics and the Sexual SubalternSrila Roy: Lesbian Activism in Eastern IndiaIII CASTE AND COMMUNITY IN CIVIL/POLITICAL SOCIETY7. Theorizing ThervoyLuisa Steur: Subaltern Studies and Dalit Praxis in Indiaas Land Wars8. Kenneth Bo Nielsen: "Community" and the Politics of Caste, Class, and Representation in the Singur Movement, West Bengal9. Subir Sinha: On the Edge of Civil Society in Contemporary IndiaPOSTSCRIPTSubaltern StudiesDavid Arnold: Then and NowBibliographyIndexNotes on Editors and Contributors