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Dalit Women

Honour and Patriarchy in South India

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Dalit Women by Clarinda Still
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One of the only ethnographic studies of Dalit women, this book gives a rich account of individual Dalit women's lives and documents a rise in patriarchy in the community. The author argues that as Dalits' economic and political position improves, `honour' becomes crucial to social status. One of the ways Dalits accrue honour is by altering patterns of women's work, education and marriage, and by adopting dominant-caste gender practices. But Dalits are not simply becoming like upper castes; they are simultaneously asserting a distinct, politicised Dalit identity, formed in direct opposition to the dominant castes. They are developing their own `politics of culture'. Key to both, the author argues, is the `respectability' of women. This has significant effects on gender equality in the Dalit community.

Author Biography

Clarinda Still is a Postdoctoral Researcher (Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme) at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford. She has written several papers in distinguished journals. She is also the Editor of Dalits in Neoliberal India: Mobility or Marginalisation? London, New Delhi::Routledge, 2014.
Release date NZ
June 21st, 2017
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
1 Tables, black and white
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
258
ISBN-13
9781138095571
Product ID
26800581

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