New Subaltern Politics Reconceptualizing Hegemony and Resistance in Contemporary India

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  • Copyright: 2015-08-25
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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New Subaltern Politics presents a critical dialogue between the conceptual and analytical legacies of Subaltern Studies and the evolving forms of hegemony and resistance in contemporary India. From the struggles of the urban poor in Gujarat to the activism of sexual subalterns in eastern India and the mobilization of artisanal fishing communities in Tamil Nadu, the essays in this volume cover a diverse range of ongoing struggles against dispossession, disenfranchisement, and stigma that are unfolding in neoliberal India.

The volume analyses the forms of collective agency that subaltern groups develop to negotiate with the workings of power from above. Foregrounding the imaginative, affective, and secular dimensions of subaltern agency, New Subaltern Politics interrogates the current relevance of Gramscian concepts of hegemony, subalternity, and the integral state in the contemporary Indian context. Bringing together path-breaking methodological and conceptual interventions in the study of subaltern politics, this volume will be invaluable to all those engagedaas academics or as activists--in the struggle against unjust societies and unequal developmental trajectories.

Author Biography

Alf Gunvald Nilsen teaches at the Department of Sociology, University of Bergen, Norway.

Srila Roy teaches at the Department of Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Reconceptualizing Subaltern Politics in Contemporary India
Alf Gunvald Nilsen and Srila Roy
1. For a Historical Sociology of State
Society Relations in the Study of Subaltern Politics
Alf Gunvald Nilsen
2. Rethinking Hegemony- Caste, Class, and Political Subjectivities among Informal Workers in Ahmedabad
Manali Desai
3. Recovering Caste Privilege
The Politics of Meritocracy at the Indian Institutes of Technology
Ajantha Subramanian
4. Representing the Adivasi
Limits and Possibilities of Postcolonial Theory
Rashmi Varma
5. Can the Subaltern Be Secular?
Negotiating Catholic Faith, Identity, and Authority
in Coastal Tamil Nadu
Aparna Sundar
6. Affective Politics and the Sexual Subaltern
Lesbian Activism in Eastern India
Srila Roy
7. Theorizing Thervoy
Subaltern Studies and Dalit Praxis in Indiaas Land Wars
Luisa Steur
8. aCommunitya and the Politics of Caste, Class, and Representation in the Singur Movement, West Bengal
Kenneth Bo Nielsen
9. On the Edge of Civil Society in Contemporary India
Subir Sinha
Subaltern Studies
Then and Now
David Arnold
Notes on Editors and Contributors

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