Identity Politics and Social Pluralism: Political Sociology and Political Change in Tamil Nadu

@article{Subramanian2002IdentityPA,
  title={Identity Politics and Social Pluralism: Political Sociology and Political Change in Tamil Nadu},
  author={Narendra Subramanian},
  journal={Commonwealth \& Comparative Politics},
  year={2002},
  volume={40},
  pages={125 - 139}
}
  • N. Subramanian
  • Published 1 November 2002
  • Economics
  • Commonwealth & Comparative Politics
John Harriss’ article addresses some changes in identity politics in Tamil Nadu since the late colonial period, focusing primarily on changes over the last decade. The article engages extensively with my earlier work on ethnic and populist mobilisation by the Dravidian parties, and the associated changes in partisanship, political representation, associational life and patronage distribution in Tamil Nadu, from the late colonial period to the late 1980s. In what follows I clarify some of my… Expand
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