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Citizenship, Differences and Identity: Dalit Women and Political Inclusion

  • V. Vijayalakshmi

    (Institute for social and Economic Change)

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    The paper examines issues related to citizenship and political participation of dalit women. The disadvantages of caste, class and gender and the exclusionary mechanisms entrenched in hierarchical social relations have had differential outcomes for dalit women in citizenship and politics. The experiences of marginality, which they encounter, defines how identity is perceived and constructed. The participation of dalit women in citizenship is constrained by high levels of deprivation, minimal participation in civil society, and low political activity of any kind.

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    Paper provided by Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore in its series Working Papers with number 147.

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    Length: 17 pages
    Date of creation: 2004
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    Handle: RePEc:sch:wpaper:147
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    1. Deshpande, Ashwini, 2001. "Caste at Birth? Redefining Disparity in India," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 5(1), pages 130-44, February.
    2. Sen, Amartya, 1983. "Poor, Relatively Speaking," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 35(2), pages 153-69, July.
    3. Manohar Yadav, 1998. "Career of Dalit Movement in Karnataka," Journal of Social and Economic Development, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, vol. 1(1), pages 116-136, January-J.
    4. Ashwini Deshpande, 2000. "Recasting Economic Inequality," Review of Social Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 58(3), pages 381-399.
    5. V Vijayalakshmi & B K Chandrashekar, 2002. "Authority, Powerlessness and Dependence: Women and Political Participation," Working Papers 106, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore.
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