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Identity, Rights, and Awareness

by Jeremy A. Rinker

Part of the Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding in Asia Series

Identity, Rights, and Awareness Synopsis

For over a decade, Jeremy Rinker, Ph.D. has interacted, observed, and studied Dalit anti-caste social movements in India. In this critical comparative approach to India's modern anti-caste resistance, Dr. Rinker emphasizes the complex interdependence between narrative practices and social transformation in understanding the centuries old caste basis of India's most fundamental of social conflicts. Through the comparative case study of three modern social movement organizations, this book provides a fresh lens to both better understand and potentially transform caste marginalization and oppression. Through theoretical analysis, auto-ethnographic field notes, and narrative storytelling, Dr. Rinker brings the lived experience of modern Dalits to life for a Western reader unfamiliar with the entrenched nature of India's complex caste dynamics. The book is also written for anti-caste activists in that it endeavors to develop reflective practice insights into activists' own sense and use of narrative agency. A timely reappraisal of Indian anti-caste movement infighting and ideological discord, this book will be of interest to both students of South Asian caste and those that want to better understand injustice narration as an important means of structural change. With sharp analysis and insight Identity, Rights, and Awareness: Anticaste Activism in India and the Awakening of Justice through Discursive Practices will be of interest to scholars of South Asian studies as well as activists working for conflict transformation and peace.

Identity, Rights, and Awareness Press Reviews

Jeremy Rinker offers a fascinating picture of the diversity of anticaste activism in contemporary India. Focusing on the varying narratives of oppression voiced by Buddhist, rights-based, and radical activists, he shows how each can enlighten and empower Dalit communities. Rinker asks probing questions about the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches and about ways of reconciling them. This is a book not only for India specialists but also for scholars of social movements and activists within those movements. -- Clifford Bob, Duquesne University Identity, Rights, and Awareness engages with anticaste movements and activists to unearth the complexities of social justice discourse in India. It makes narratives of historically persecuted population audible by highlighting methods employed by them to change the existing exploitative social system via establishing new organizations and identities. Above all, it opens new theoretical and methodological debates on these issues among academics world over. -- Vivek Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Book Information

ISBN: 9781498541930
Publication date: 15th November 2018
Author: Jeremy A. Rinker
Publisher: Lexington Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 240 pages
Categories: Social classes, Asian history, Peace studies & conflict resolution, Social discrimination & inequality, Ethnic studies, Politics & government, Regional studies,

About Jeremy A. Rinker

Jeremy A. Rinker is assistant professor of peace and conflict studies at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

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