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Seminar: Politics as negotiations: eroding caste norms in rural South India

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The University of Melbourne

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Politics as negotiations: eroding caste norms in rural South India

How do ordinary people engage with politics and with what consequences?

Excisting literature has theorised poor people’s politics either as a set of coping strategies or as resistance to the elites’ oppression. Based on ethnographic work in rural Andhra Pradesh (South India) and building on recent scholarship that has tried to go beyond this dichotomy, this talk will recognise the way poor Indians actively engage with politics. It will conceptualise poor people’s politics as a form of negotiation for better access to resources, power and status.

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Dr Diego Maiorano is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies and the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham. His research focuses on India's politics and development and on political and economic change in developing countries, with special reference to the themes of poverty and inequality. His current research focuses on India’s largest anti-poverty programme, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. The objective of the project is to look at whether and in what ways the programme is contributing to changing power relations in India’s countryside. His Ph.D. thesis has been published as Autumn of the Matriarch - Indira Gandhi’s Final Term in Office (Hurst/Oxford University Press/Harper Collins, 2015).

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