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The contributors to this major intervention into Indian historiography trace the strategies through which Dalits have been marginalized as well as the ways Dalit intellectuals and leaders have shaped emancipatory politics in modern India. Moving beyond the anticolonialism/nationalism binary that dominates the study of India, the contributors assess the benefits of colonial modernity and place humiliation, dignity, and spatial exclusion at the center of Indian historiography. Several essays discuss the ways Dalits used the colonial courts and legislature to gain minority rights in the early twentieth century, while others highlight Dalit activism in social and religious spheres. The contributors also examine the struggle of contemporary middle-class Dalits to reconcile their caste and class, intercaste tensions among Sikhs, and the efforts by Dalit writers to challenge dominant constructions of secular and class-based citizenship while emphasizing the ongoing destructiveness of caste identity. In recovering the long history of Dalit struggles against caste violence, exclusion, and discrimination, Dalit Studies outlines a new agenda for the study of India, enabling a significant reconsideration of many of the Indian academy's core assumptions.
 

Contributors: D. Shyam Babu, Laura Brueck, Sambaiah Gundimeda, Gopal Guru, Rajkumar Hans, Chinnaiah Jangam, Surinder Jodhka, P. Sanal Mohan, Ramnarayan Rawat, K. Satyanarayana

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 10-13
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  1. Introduction. Dalit Studies: New Perspectives on Indian History and Society
  2. pp. 14-43
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  1. 1. The Indian Nation in Its Egalitarian Conception
  2. pp. 44-63
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  1. Part I. Probing the Historical
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. 2. Colonial Archive versus Colonial Sociology: Writing Dalit History
  2. pp. 66-86
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  1. 3. Social Space, Civil Society, and Dalit Agency in Twentieth-Century Kerala
  2. pp. 87-116
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  1. 4. Dilemmas of Dalit Agendas: Political Subjugation and Self-Emancipation in Telugu Country, 1910–50
  2. pp. 117-143
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  1. 5. Making Sense of Dalit Sikh History
  2. pp. 144-165
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  1. Part II. Probing the Present
  2. pp. 166-167
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  1. 6. The Dalit Reconfiguration of Modernity: Citizens and Castes in the Telugu Public Sphere
  2. pp. 168-192
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  1. 7. Questions of Representation in Dalit Critical Discourse: Premchand and Dalit Feminism
  2. pp. 193-214
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  1. 8. Social Justice and the Question of Categorization of Scheduled Caste Reservations: The Dandora Debate in Andhra Pradesh
  2. pp. 215-245
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  1. 9. Caste and Class among the Dalits
  2. pp. 246-260
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  1. 10. From Zaat to Qaum: Fluid Contours of the Ravi Dasi Identity in Punjab
  2. pp. 261-283
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 284-305
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 306-307
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822374312
Related ISBN
9780822361138
MARC Record
OCLC
1111386023
Pages
316
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-05
Language
English
Open Access
No
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