The Caste Question

Explores the structural stratification of society based on caste.

This course, offered in the fourth semester, explores structural stratification of society based on caste. It considers discrimination and marginalization as practices that systemically reproduce and reinforce caste power and caste-based hierarchies. From a multi-disciplinary perspective, it involves students in the analyses of both the historical continuities and ruptures in the practices of caste, along with the changing understanding of these practices. The issue of caste, power, and discrimination is discussed focusing on various domains such as education and knowledge production, politics, law and government, and in the domain of social institutions and relations. Invoking various key concepts like that help us make sense of status and hierarchy, privilege and power, humiliation and exclusion, and experience and representability, the course maps the transformation of various aspects of caste practices in the contemporary world.