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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 postcolonial 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 personhood. Extending into the present, the ethnographic analyses 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xix
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  1. Author's Note
  2. pp. xx-xxii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-36
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  1. Part One. Emancipation
  2. pp. 37-38
  1. 1. Caste Radicalism and the Making of a New Political Subject
  2. pp. 39-80
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  1. 2. The Problem of Caste Property
  2. pp. 81-117
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  1. 3. Dalits as a Political Minority
  2. pp. 118-160
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  1. Part Two. The Paradox of Emancipation
  2. pp. 161-162
  1. 4. Legislating Caste Atrocity
  2. pp. 163-181
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  1. 5. New Directions in Dalit Politics: Symbologies of Violence, Maharashtra, 1960–1979
  2. pp. 182-216
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  1. 6. The Sexual Politics of Caste: Violence and the Ritual-Archaic
  2. pp. 217-240
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  1. 7. Death of a Kotwal: The Violence of Recognition
  2. pp. 241-264
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  1. Epilogue: Dalit Futures
  2. pp. 265-284
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. 285-286
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 287-372
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 373-392
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  1. Production Notes
  2. pp. 416-416
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780520943377
Related ISBN
9780520255593
MARC Record
OCLC
646846879
Pages
416
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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