Caste and Class among the Dalits

in Dalit Studies
Duke University Press
2017

The chapter explored the critical question: ‘Are Dalits moving away from a tradition-sanctioned life of stigma, discrimination, and violence? Or, in other words, are they moving from caste to class?’ It attempted to figure out what are the caste and class dynamics cutting through Dalit political movements; to what extent could this casteto- class framework be relevant; why generalisations are not possible; how Dalits regard themselves; and how non-Dalits perceive the community.