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Being Dalit and Being Rural

Civility against Caste: Dalit Politics and Citizenship in Western India by Suryakant Waghmore, New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2013; pp 276, Rs 588, hardback.

Dalit Households in Village Economies edited by V K Ramachandran and Madhura Swaminathan, New Delhi: Tullika Books, 2014; pp 339, Rs 556, hardback.

Anthropologist Sarah Pinto in her ethnography of rural midwifery asks a question,

How can we account, in overdetermined spaces like ‘villages,’ for overdetermined modes of othering like ‘caste’ and the ways the very imagination of such entities is bounded is at once part of discursive craftings of modernity and also very real, very embodied, very everyday? (2008: 24).

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