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This list is not meant to be comprehensive. We have included a range of perspectives on caste and on life narratives in India, and though this list focuses on scholarship, it also includes a few examples of actual life narratives.

Ambedkar, B. R. Annihilation of Caste: The Annotated Critical Edition. Edited by S. Anand, Navayana, 2014.
———. The Essential Writings of B. R. Ambedkar. Edited by Valerian Rodrigues, Oxford UP, 2002.
Arnold, David, and Stuart Blackburn, editors. Telling Lives in India: Biography, Autobiography, and Life History. Indiana UP, 2004.
Bama. Karukku. 1992. Translated by Lakshmi Holmstrom, Macmillan, 2000.
Bayly, Susan. Caste, Society and Politics in India from the Eighteenth Century to the Modern Age. Cambridge UP, 1999.
Berreman, Gerald. "Caste in India and the United States." American Journal of Sociology, vol. 66, no. 2, 1960, pp. 120–27.
Bhave, Sumitra. Pan on Fire: Eight Dalit Women Tell Their Story. Indian Social Institute, 1988.
Brueck, Laura R. Writing Resistance: The Rhetorical Imagination of Hindi Dalit Literature. Columbia UP, 2014.
Carroll, Lucy. "Caste, Community and Caste(s) Association: A Note on the Organisation of the Kayastha Conference and the Definition of a Kayastha Community." Contribution to Asian Studies, vol. 10, 1977, pp. 3–24.
Cox, Oliver Cromwell. Caste, Class, and Race: A Study in Social Dynamics. Monthly Review, 1959.
Dalit Panthers. "Dalit Panthers Manifesto." Untouchable!: Voices of the Dalit Liberation Movement, edited by Barbara Joshi, Zed Books, 1986, pp. 141–47.
Dangle, Arjun, editor. Poisoned Bread: Translations from Modern Marathi Dalit Literature. Introduction by Arjun Dangle, Orient Blackswan, 2009.
Dirks, Nicholas. Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India. Princeton UP, 2001.
Dumont, Louis. Homo Hierarchicus: An Essay on the Caste System. Translated by Mark Sainsbury, U of Chicago P, 1970.
Fernandes, Leela. "Reading 'India's Bandit Queen': A Trans/national Feminist Perspective on the Discrepancies of Representation." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, vol. 25, no. 1, 1999, pp. 123–52. [End Page 289]
Gajarawala, Toral Jatin. Untouchable Fictions: Literary Realism and the Crisis of Caste. Fordham UP, 2013.
Ganguli, Debjani. "Pain, Personhood and the Collective: Dalit Life Narratives." Asian Studies Review, vol. 33, no. 4, 2009, pp. 429–42.
Geetha, V., and S. V. Rajadurai. Towards a Non-Brahmin Millenium: From Iyothee Das to Periyar. Samya, 1998.
Ghurye, G. S. Caste, Class and Occupation. 4th ed., Popular Book Depot, 1961.
Gooptu, Nandini. Swami Achhutanand and the Adi Hindi Movement. Critical Quest, 2009.
Gupta, Charu. "Dalit 'Viranganas' and Reinvention of 1857." Economic and Political Weekly, vol. 42, no. 19, 2007, pp. 1739–45.
———. The Gender of Caste: Representing Dalits in Print. U of Washington P, 2016.
Guru, Gopal, and Sundar Sarukkai. The Cracked Mirror: An Indian Debate on Experience and Theory. Oxford UP, 2012.
Heering, Alexandra de. "Oral History and Dalit Testimonies: From the Ordeal to Speak to the Necessity to Testify." South Asia Research, vol. 33, no. 1, 2013, pp. 39–55.
Human Rights Watch. "Caste Discrimination: A Global Concern." Sept. 2001,
Human Rights Watch and Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. Hidden Apartheid: Caste Discrimination against India's "Untouchables." Feb. 2007,
Iliah, Kancha. Why I Am Not a Hindu: A Sudra Critique of Hindutva Philosophy, Culture and Political Economy. Samya, 1996.
———. The Weapon of the Other: Dalitbahujan Writings and the Remaking of Indian Nationalist Thought. Pearson, 2010.
Hunt, Sarah Beth. Hindi Dalit Literature and the Politics of Representation. Routledge, 2014.
Joshi, Barbara R., editor. Untouchable!: Voices of the Dalit Liberation Movement. Zed Books, 1986.
Karlekar, Malavika. Voices from Within: Early Personal Narratives of Bengali Women. Oxford UP, 1991.
Kshirsagar, R. K. Dalit Movement in India and Its Leaders (1857–1956). MD Publications, 1994.
Kumar, Raj. Dalit Personal Narratives: Reading Caste, Nation and Identity. Orient Blackswan, 2010.


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