The necessity of faith: Dalit women, neoliberalism and India’s disjunctures
Velkommen til seminar og forelesning over temaet "The necessity of faith: Dalit women, neoliberalism and India’s disjunctures". Seminaret innledes av Dr Karin Kapadia, Contemporary South Asian Studies, Oxford university.
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Venue: Rom 648, Eilert Sundt, Universitetet i Oslo (Blindern).
Neoliberalism is increasing the gap between rich and poor. The ‘new economy’ allows some mobility to better-off Dalits, but does not prevent discrimination against Dalits. Neoliberal capitalism is assisted by patriarchal ideologies that subordinate most women. With worsening options, how do lower-income Hindu Dalit women in Chennai slums find meaning in their lives? One possibility, for some women, has been conversion to Pentecostal Christianity. The meanings of Tamil Pentecostalism for Dalit women, and what ‘females-only’ conversion can tell us about the state of the nation, will be explored.
Karin Kapadia received her doctorate in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics in 1990. She has been researching in Tamilnadu, South India since 1986. Her several publications include the monograph, Siva and Her Sisters: Gender, Caste and Class in Rural South India (1995) and the edited volume, The Violence of Development: The Politics of Identity, Gender and Social Inequalities in India (2002). She continues her research as an independent scholar.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 14:15 to 16:00