'We (Yadavs) are a caste of politicians': Caste and modern politics in a north Indian town

  title={'We (Yadavs) are a caste of politicians': Caste and modern politics in a north Indian town},
  author={Lucia Michelutti},
  journal={Contribution to Indian Sociology},
  pages={43 - 71}
  • L. Michelutti
  • Published 1 February 2004
  • Sociology
  • Contribution to Indian Sociology
This article is an ethnographic exploration of the inter-locking relationships between politics, popular democracy, religion and caste/community formation in a North Indian town. This investigation is carried out through an analysis of the culture of political par ticipation of a community of Yadavs in Mathura town, western Uttar Pradesh. The Yadavs were traditionally a low- to middle-ranking cluster of pastoral-peasant castes that have become a significant political force in Uttar Pradesh (and… 

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