ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Economic Change, Politics and Caste

The Case of the Kongu Nadu Munnetra Kazhagam

Economic Change, Politics and Caste

An exploration of the interaction between economic factors and caste mobilisation, through a study of the Kongu Nadu Munnetra Kazhagam in western Tamil Nadu, enables an understanding of caste politics through a political economy approach. It is argued that economic factors decisively shape the mobilising agenda of caste-based parties such as the KNMK. It is also seen that social identities which feature so prominently in the politics of caste pride also often have an economic basis.

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