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Identity Within Hegemonic Process: Adivasi Ethnicity - Class

Denzil Saldanha (Author)

This study attempts to identify some key cultural practices, belief systems and aesthetic expressions, as illustrative cases, that might be contributing to present day adivasi ethnic identity; uncovering their basis, if any, in the life and agricultural cycles, and the struggle for livelihood; thus, analyzing the relation between ethnic identity and class as a politico economic identity; interpreting the essential elements of the belief systems underlying contemporary ritual practices and accompanying incantations and identifying the residual travces, if any, of the ancient Lokayata materialist philosophy, as some scholars have suggested; and finally, drawing out the significance of the foregoing for a theory and practice of adivasi identity within processes of hegemonically structured, social transformation.

The three introductory chapters on perspectives draw on one's earlier publications on adivasi political consciousness, orgnaization and action within the political economy of the region covering close to two hundred years in Palghar district, Maharashtra (Saldanha 2015 a); and the holistic conceptual framework and epistemological approach presented in a comparative perspective with the writings in the volumes of Subaltern Studies on the peasantry (Saldanha 2015 b). While this publication may be read independently, it may be seen as one attempt to undertake an interpretative dialogue between the epistemology of social science and the epistemologies of adivasi ethnic-class consciousness within the labyrinth of the dynamics of dominant hegemony. The book and the related publications might be of relevance to those working within the social sciences and indeed to all concerned citizens functioning within dominant hegemonic processes that tend to enforce cultural uniformity.

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About the author

Denzil Saldanha

Denzil Saldanha is Professor, Centre for Sociology of Education, Tata Institute of Social science, Mumbai. His research interests have been in the areas of social movements; voluntary social action groups and development organizations; elementary, non-formal and adult education. He has several publications to this credit in these areas. He has been teaching, researching and contributing to policy in these areas, particularly in the field of adult education, for over two decades. His involvement with higher education institutions and NGOs has opened new fields of social action and enquiry. He has served as a member of state and national level committees such as the National Literacy Mission Authority and planning sub-committees and as a consultant to government, funding agencies, bilateral and multilateral institutions. 

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Title Identity Within Hegemonic Process: Adivasi Ethnicity - Class
Format Hardcover
Date published: 24.10.2018
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Aakar Books
Language: English
isbn 9789350025741