The Logic of Affirmative Action: Caste, Class and Quotas in India

  title={The Logic of Affirmative Action: Caste, Class and Quotas in India},
  author={Frank de Zwart},
  journal={Acta Sociologica},
  pages={235 - 249}
  • F. de Zwart
  • Published 1 July 2000
  • Sociology
  • Acta Sociologica
Most social scientists today agree that identity is a social construction, not a primordial given. They also agree that the state (through its power to dominate discourse) is a key agent in the process of identity construction. The literature on caste in India is illustrative. Caste used to be thought of as an ancient fact of Hindu life, but contemporary scholars argue that the caste system was constructed by the British colonial regime. The social construction thesis should apply a fortiori to… 

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