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Caste and Democracy in India: A Perspective from Below

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Caste and DemocracyVivek Kumar is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University where he earned his PhD. A recipient

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Caste and DemocracyVivek Kumar is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University where he earned his PhD. A recipient of Fulbright Teacher’s Fellowship, Dr Kumar has been a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Columbia University, New York, USA where he taught a course on ‘Social Exclusion and Inclusion in Indian Society’ during the Spring Semester, 2012. He has also been a visiting fellow at Humboldt University, Germany in 2013 as a DAAD -UGC fellow. He has recently completed a research project, Social Status and Social Attitudes in India: A Study of Indian College Students,” with Harvard University and University of British Columbia. Dr Kumar was appointed as Lecturer at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai in 1996 and has been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Pune, Jammu, and Mumbai. His publications include the edited volume Dynamics of Change and Continuity in the Age of Globalization: Voices from the Margins (2009); India’s Roaring Revolution (2006) and Dalit Leadership in India (2002). He was Chairman, Sub-Group on Awareness Generation, Statistics, Monitoring, Innovation and Research for the formulation of the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) constituted by the Ministry of Empowerment and Social Justice, Government of India (2012). He was also member, Committee on Mid-term appraisal of Tribal Sub-Plan and Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan of the 11th Five Year Plan constituted by the Planning Commission of India.This book makes two claims about Jati (caste) and democracy in India. First, Social Scientists have only partially understood the realities embedded in the institution of Jati. Second, this partial understanding has propagated a distorted picture of the relationship between Jati and democracy. To prove these claims, the book critically examines structures and processes in the Jati and Indian democracy.

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