Untouchable Citizens: Dalit Movements and Democratization in Tamil Nadu

Untouchable Citizens: Dalit Movements and Democratization in Tamil Nadu

by Hugo Gorringe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761933239

ISBN-13: 9780761933236

Pub. Date: 03/28/2005

Publisher: SAGE Publications

This book studies Dalit movements in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, their mode of organization, engagement in politics and contribution to processes of democratization and egalitarianism.

Questions discussed include: How can democracy be preserved under conditions of extra-institutional mobilization? What is the current situation of Dalits in Tamil Nadu and

Overview

This book studies Dalit movements in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, their mode of organization, engagement in politics and contribution to processes of democratization and egalitarianism.

Questions discussed include: How can democracy be preserved under conditions of extra-institutional mobilization? What is the current situation of Dalits in Tamil Nadu and why and in what manner do they resort to protest? How are egalitarian and democratic ideas initiated at the local level? How are the action concepts of social movements manifested in the everyday lives of their members? and What will be the impact of the entry of the Dalit Liberation Panthers into electoral politics on democracy in Tamil Nadu as well as India?

Hugo Gorringe is Lecturer in Identity, Department of Sociology, University of Edinburgh.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761933236
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Series:
Cultural Subordination and the Dalit Challenge Series, #4
Pages:
397
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Untouchability Undone?
Mapping the Movement
Introducing the Liberation Panthers
Democracy, Demonstrations and Disorder
Social Mobilization and Socio-Political Change
Victimization, Violence and Valour
The Context of Dalit Activism in Tamil Nadu
Costs, Coercion and Caste
The Material Context of Dalit Protext
Identity, Space and Power
The Spatial Bases and Practice of DPI
Dalit Women and Dalit Movements
Agency, Autonomy and Activism
Leaders and Leadership
Movement Organization and Membership Debates
The Move to Politics
The Institutional Self-Transformation of the Liberation Panthers
'Voting for Ourselves'
Dalit Politics and the 1999 Elections in Tamil Nadu
Conclusion
Critical Citizens - The Liberation Panthers and Democratization in India

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