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From the Margins to the Mainstream
Institutionalising Minorities in South Asia

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Hugo Gorringe - Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Roger Jeffery - Professor of Sociology of South Asia, University of Edinburgh
  • Suryakant Waghmore - Associate Professor and Chairperson, Centre for Social Justice and Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai


February 2016 | 332 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

A brilliant analysis of the socio-political processes that help us understand the challenges faced by marginalized populations for representation and recognition in India.

The premise of democratic politics is that all citizens are equal and have an equal right to a say in national politics. This definition of democracy, however, is observed far more in the breach than in practice. Muslims, Dalits and Adivasis continue their struggle to seek entry into the institution from which they seem to be barred. Drawing on in-depth case studies the book explores how marginalized groups that achieve a degree of political inclusion often discover that it amounts to ‘adverse incorporation’ which is disempowering because it requires them to moderate or abandon key demands.  The book is a unique work on the irony of ‘institutionalization’.


 
Foreword by James Manor
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
Hugo Gorringe, Roger Jeffery and Suryakant Waghmore
Introduction: Institutionalising Marginal Actors in South Asia—Processes, Policies, Practices and Pitfalls
Abdul Shaban
Identity, Citizenship and Hindu–Muslim Conflict in India
Valerian Rodrigues
Political Power and Democratic Enablement: Devaraj Urs and Lower Caste Mobilisation in Karnataka
Supurna Banerjee
‘We Are Still Junglis to Them’: Institutionalising Marginalities amongst the Adivasis in Dooars
Jeevan Raj Sharma
Rise of Adivasi Janajati Movement and Nepal’s Political Interregnum
Roger Jeffery and Hugo Gorringe
Institutionalising Marginal Actors in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu: Insights from Dalit Electoral Data
Hugo Gorringe
From the Cheris to Chennai: Dalit Politics in Tamil Nadu
Suryakant Waghmore
Challenging Normalised Exclusion: Humour and Hopeful Rationality in Dalit Politics
D Karthikeyan
Contentious Spaces: Guru Pujas as Public Performances and the Production of Political Community
Qudsiya Contractor
Institutionalising Peace? Mohalla Committees in Contemporary Mumbai
Martin Fuchs
Institutionalising Informal Socialities: Dalit Urban Poor in Dharavi
Wilfried Swenden
India and the Management of Ethnic Diversity: The Unfinished Business of Accommodation
 
Glossary and Abbreviations
 
Index

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