Territorial Democracy: Caste, Dominance and Electoral Practice in Postcolonial India

@inproceedings{Witsoe2009TerritorialDC,
  title={Territorial Democracy: Caste, Dominance and Electoral Practice in Postcolonial India},
  author={Jeffrey Witsoe},
  year={2009}
}
This article examines the relationship between caste identities and electoral democracy in India. Drawing from fieldwork in Bihar, I suggest that at the center of what is popularly referred to as “caste politics” is the influence of local relations of dominance and subordination on electoral practice, resulting in what I refer to as “territorial democracy.” The article examines how a politics of caste empowerment has challenged a long history of upper caste hegemony, contributing to a breakdown… Expand
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