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Adivasi mobilization: 'Identity' versus 'class' after the Kerala model of development?

Steur, Luisa (2009) 'Adivasi mobilization: 'Identity' versus 'class' after the Kerala model of development?' Journal of South Asian Development, 4 (1). pp. 25-44.

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Abstract

In August 2001 there was widespread protest in Kerala, a state otherwise known for its remarkable achievements in 'human' development, at the starvation deaths that had occurred in a number of adivasi colonies. This prompted a continuing debate on the meaning of the Kerala ‘model’ of development for adivasis, in which a consensus seems to have risen that adivasis are the victims of Kerala's development experience and in which their current mobilisation is seen as the first time in history that their interests are being politically articulated. This article argues that such an interpretation is unwarranted and dangerous in that it ignores the present limitations of neo-liberalism on initiatives for the emancipation of subaltern groups and prevents them from using their historical political experience to dynamise their present political initiatives.

Item Type: Articles
Additional Information: Also published in 'Dalit Politics: Past and Present', ed. K. Sunilkumar. Forthcoming 2011. (Malayalam)
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
ISSN: 09731741
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1177/097317410900400103
Depositing User: Huei-Lan Liu
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2011 14:39
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/12348

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