author={Shailaja Paik},
  journal={Contributions to Indian Sociology},
  pages={217 - 241}
  • Shailaja Paik
  • Published 2011
  • Sociology
  • Contributions to Indian Sociology
By examining practices of naming, especially the recent adoption of a ‘Buddhist’ identity by middle-class Dalits in contemporary Maharashtra, this article analyses the multiple, shifting, and contested meanings of being Dalit. Examining the politics of this plurality shows the varied concerns at work in applying and contesting different names, especially the social and psychological challenges inherent in such acts of self-identification. By in-vestigating the ambiguities and ambivalences of… Expand
Refashioning Futures: Dalit Women’s Education and Empowerment in Maharashtra
Since the end of the nineteenth century, Dalits (“Untouchables”) struggled for the right to public spaces, including temples, streets, water tanks, and education. What did education mean to Dalit menExpand
Forging a New Dalit Womanhood in Colonial Western India: Discourse on Modernity, Rights, Education, and Emancipation
Abstract:Dalit women in colonial Western India shaped and were in turn transformed by the “interlocking technologies” of education, caste, community, gender, sexuality, and family. Two radicalExpand
Building Bridges: Articulating Dalit and African American Women’s Solidarity
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Humanising the subaltern: unbounded caste and the limits of a rights regime
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Narrative Worlds of Frugal Consumers: Unmasking Romanticized Spirituality to Reveal Responsibilization and De-politicization
Extant literature romanticizes frugality as a lifestyle trait that helps in the spiritual evolution of consumers, which in turn enables them in overcoming the negative consequences of materialism andExpand
Genealogies of the Dalit political: The transformation of Achhut from ‘Untouched’ to ‘Untouchable’ in early twentieth-century north India
The essay documents the unprecedented transformation of the term Achhut in the Hindi literature from an adjective describing a quality ‘untouched, [and] pure’ to a noun referring to an untouchableExpand
The funeralesque as the experience of workers at the margins of international business: Seven Indian narratives
Purpose This paper aims to show that the experience of workers on the margins of international business is akin to the funeralesque. The funeralesque is understood as the appropriation ofExpand


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