Social Exclusion in India-Special Issue Introduction

Annuaire Roumain d’Anthropologie, 2013, Vol 50

SOCIAL EXCLUSION IN INDIA: CRITICAL ETHNOGRAPHIC DISCOURSE FROM THE MARGINS

Guest Editors:
ROBIN OAKLEY, REDDISEKHARA YALAMALA AND ESWARAPPA KASI

Abstract: This small volume contributes with a critical ethnographic exploration on
social exclusion that is still lacking in relation to South Asia. Indian society is being
reconfigured by the mobilization of people who had historically been marginalized in
economic, social and cultural lives. Simultaneously, India’s economic transition is
intensifying with its entry into the G20 and BRICS. What role will anthropologists
and anthropology play in the new India during its rise after two centuries of decline?
Whose reality is going to count in the emergent social configurations? The papers in
this volume affirm that anthropology can play a salient role in answering these
questions and contributing to inspiring a humane way forward.
Key words: social exclusion, India, class, caste, critical ethnography.

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