The Dalit Movement in India: Local Practices, Global Connections

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byEva-Maria Hardtmann

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This work traces new 'practices' and discourses among Dalit activists since the 1990s and shows how these practices both shaped and changed social relations. It is an anthropological attempt to reach behind the surface of the contemporary Dalit movement. Some of the topics discussed are thekind of discourses found among Dalit activists, the organizational structure of the movement, and the local practices among activists.This study also relates the method of anthropological fieldwork to theories about social movements. It offers a historical context as a prerequisite to understanding processes in the contemporary Dalit movement. It focuses on the heterogeneity and the geographical spread of the movement. Thefieldwork moves from a small locality of Dalits in Lucknow to interaction with Dalit activists in Maharashtra to the life of Punjabi Dalit migrants in Birmingham.

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This work traces new 'practices' and discourses among Dalit activists since the 1990s and shows how these practices both shaped and changed social relations. It is an anthropological attempt to reach behind the surface of the contemporary Dalit movement. Some of the topics discussed are thekind of discourses found among Dalit activists...

Eva-Maria Hardtmann is Researcher in the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pagesPublished:November 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsPrologue: A Touch of the Dalit Movement1. Introduction2. Follow the Field: Fieldwork Methods in a Social Movement3. Traditions of Protest4. Movement Perspectives: Dalit Discourses across the Country5. Dalit Activities in Lucknow: Buddhism and Party Politics in Local Practice6. A Transnational Dalit Counterpublic: The Example of Ambedkarites in Britain7. Translating 'Caste Discrimination' into an International Discourse8. Dalit Feminism in a Neoliberal World9. Dynamics of DiversityBibliographyIndex