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Dalit Movement in India

Hardtmann, Eva-Maria:
The dalit movement in India : local practices, global connections / Eva-Maria Hardtmann. - New Delhi : Oxford University Press, 2009. - xiv, 263 S.
Hochschulschrift. Überarb. Fassung der Dissertation. Teilw. zugl.: Stockholm, Univ., Diss., 2003 unter dem Titel: Our fury is burning : local practice and global connections in the dalit movement.
ISBN 978-0-19-569784-1
Rs. 675,00
US$ 16,50 (Biblia Impex)
US$ 33,30 (D.K. Agencies)

The Dalit movement has been growing since the 1990s. This anthropological study examines its contemporary aspects, including the nature and context of Dalit discourses, organizational structure, and the local practices of the activists. The focus is on the heterogeneity, internal tensions, and transnational connections of the movement.
   Unlike classic studies, the discussion moves beyond the borders of India to take into account broader geographical and theoretical contexts. The author follows Dalit activists in various networks and explores their linkages: from Buddha viharas in India and Britain, to local practices in the city of Lucknow, and further to the international arena and the global justice movement.
   The essays examine the role played by traditional key figures like Ambedkar and Gandhi in forming the movement. They also discuss contemporary figures like Kanshi Ram, Mayawati, and Phoolan Devi to show how they contributed to the movement. With a detailed discussion of the anthropological field method, the study also contributes to the debate on how a transnational movement may be anthropologically dealt with. [Verlagsinformation]

1. Introduction
2. Follow the Field: Fieldwork Methods in Social Movements
3. Traditions of Protest
4. Movement Perspectives: Dalit Discourses across the Country
5. Dalit Activities in Lucknow: Buddhism and Party Politics in Local Practice
6. Dalit Transnationalism: Connections between India and Britain
7. Translating 'Caste Discrimination' into an International Discourse
8. Dalit Feminism
9. Dynamics of Diversity


EVA-MARIA HARDTMANN, Researcher, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University, Sweden. Personal web page.

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