Making Merit: The Indian Institutes of Technology and the Social Life of Caste

@article{Subramanian2015MakingMT,
  title={Making Merit: The Indian Institutes of Technology and the Social Life of Caste},
  author={A. Subramanian},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  year={2015},
  volume={57},
  pages={291-322}
}
  • A. Subramanian
  • Published 2015
  • Sociology
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
  • The politics of meritocracy at the Indian Institutes of Technology illuminates the social life of caste in contemporary India. I argue that the IIT graduate's status depends on the transformation of privilege into merit, or the conversion of caste capital into modern capital. Analysis of this process calls for a relational approach to merit. My ethnographic research on the southeastern state of Tamilnadu, and on IIT Madras located in the state capital of Chennai, illuminates claims to merit… CONTINUE READING
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