Experiencing humiliation - demanding social recognition: (self-)testimonies of Dalits, Muslims, and Adivasis in India
Antje Linkenbach (Universit├Ąt Erfurt)
Martin Fuchs (Universitat Erfurt)
Valerian Rodrigues (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Start time:
24 July, 2014 at 11:00
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Short abstract:

The panel focuses on perceptions of socially marginalized groups. Considering literary & audiovisual documents & ethnographic material, contributors are invited to explore the ways Dalits, Muslims and Adivasis experience their humiliation and substantiate their demands for social recognition.

Long abstract:

Recent philosophical and sociological scholarship in India and in the West has emphasized the necessity and explored the conditions of possibility of social recognition. Connected with this are reflections on concepts like dignity, (self) respect, and honour. Scholars have also started discussing negative modes of sociality like humiliation, exclusion and marginalization. While these approaches and theories are valuable contributions to an understanding of enabling as well as disabling dimensions of social interaction, they show certain limitations. First of all, they start with concepts deriving from Western (philosophical) discourses and try to adapt and make them useful for the diagnosis and analysis of forms of social interaction or for constructing social theories. Second and most importantly, the approaches and theories largely exclude the voices of those who experience misrecognition and disrespect - even when discussing situations and conditions of suffering. We consider it necessary to reconcile experiential and normative approaches and revisit situations of non-recognition as they are perceived and experienced as well as explained by social actors, taking into account literary and audio-visual documents as well as ethnographic material. The panel will focus on three distinct social groups or categories across different Indian regions and language communities: Dalits, Muslims and Adivasis, regarding gender in all cases. Prospective contributors: Patricia Jeffery, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh; N. Sukumar, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Delhi; Pradeep Shinde, Centre for Informal Sector & Labour Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University