Caste, community and class identities of Dalits in a global context
Srinivas Gurram (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Movement, Mobility, and Migration
Roscoe 1.009
Thursday 8 August, 9:00-10:00, 11:00-12:00 (UTC+0)

Short abstract:

This panel examines plurality of identities among Dalits in the context of modernity, class mobility, urbanization and globalization.

Long abstract:

The papers in this panel primarily focus on how the Dalits have sourced various social, economic and political resources from the dissenting peripheries and marginal cultural traditions of Bhakti, Buddhist and socio-religious reform movements to construct a new community identity, reconstruct a cultural history, invent a liberation ideology. From a subjugated position of 'outcastes' in the caste hierarchy, the contemporary Dalits have deployed various mobility strategies to overcome caste inequality and oppression to achieve social, economic mobility and political power. A multipronged approach of social and economic mobility through modern education and employment facilitated the identity assertion and thereby resulted in creation of politico-cultural iliberation ideology that gained a global visibility and essentially defines the Dalits today.