Mahar–Dalit–Buddhist

@article{Paik2011MaharDalitBuddhist,
  title={Mahar–Dalit–Buddhist},
  author={Shailaja Paik},
  journal={Contributions to Indian Sociology},
  year={2011},
  volume={45},
  pages={217 - 241}
}
  • Shailaja Paik
  • Published 1 June 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… 

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