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Caste in Life: Experiencing Inequalities

Caste in Life:   Experiencing Inequalities

Author(s):
  • D. Shyam Babu
  • R. S. Khare
  • Author: D. Shyam Babu
    • ISBN:9788131754399
    • 10 Digit ISBN:8131754391
    • Price:Rs. 775.00
    • Pages:196
    • Imprint:Pearson Education
    • Binding:Hardback
    • Status:Available


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    Caste in Life: Experiencing Inequalities brings together nineteen stories of real-life experiences of caste-based social practices in India. This book does not seek to complement the mountains of existing literature on the subject, which has already been studied from all conceivable angles. Instead, it engages with caste as a subjective category of how it is lived and experienced. Some of the contributors are internationally known scholars of caste as an academic subject, and others are eminent in their respective fields. But most of them have never before written an autobiographical sketch of their experiences with caste. Caste in Life ushers in a new genre of narratives that try to capture a complex social reality through the prism of first-hand experience. The contributors write here about the role caste has played in their lives: Was it a source of comfort? An obstacle? Or an irritant? As they write about their past experiences, they also reflect on how they now regard the events that happened in their lives thirty, forty or even fifty years ago. The reader will find in Caste in Life the everyday reality of caste in its resilience and also the way it is changing with an India that is changing faster than anybody can capture the change.

    Table of Content

    Preface Introduction
    1. Caste as a Non-Reality Bibek Debroy
    2. Forgetting Caste While Living It: The Privileges of Amnesia Sankaran Krishna
    3. The Unch-Nich Challenge in Life: Changing Locations, Forces and Meanings R. S. Khare
    4. Learning Caste: Banal and Brutal Balmurli Natrajan
    5. Growing Up Brahmin in a Tamil Family in New Delhi Rama Lakshmi
    6. Caste and the Sociology of Caste Surinder S. Jodhka
    7. Ram Ram! Namaste! By Caste? Amir Ullah Khan
    8. My Experience with Caste Eleanor Zelliot
    9. A Glue Called Caste Avijit Ghosh
    10. Caste as Experience Imtiaz Ahmad
    11. From History to Anthropology: Reflections on Caste from South India and Vietnam Susan Bayly
    12. An Eventful Journey: From the Real to the Comical D. Shyam Babu
    13. The Story of My Caste Arun Mukherjee
    14. A Couple’s Journey through Challenges of Dalit Identity Annie Namala and N. Paul Divakar
    15. The Contours of My Socialization K. Babu Joseph
    16. My Experience of Caste and Race Gail Omvedt
    17. The Indian Caste System and Dalit Repression Omprakash Valmiki
    18. India Shining Mir Ali Husain
    19. My Experiments with Hunting Rats Chandra Bhan Prasad
    Glossary Index

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