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Book talk: Dynamics of Caste and Law: Dalits, Oppression and Constitutional Democracy in India
September 21, 2020 - 15:00-16:00
Caste has become a visible phenomenon often associated with discrimination, inequality and politics in India and globally. India’s constitutional democracy has had a remarkable goal of creating equality in a context of caste. Despite constitutional promises with equal opportunities for the lower castes and outlawing of untouchability at the time of independence, recurring atrocities and inadequate implementation of law have called for rethinking and legal change.
In this book talk Dag Erik Berg gives a presentation of his new book Dynamics of Caste and Law, which sheds new light on why caste oppression persists, focusing on struggles among India’s Dalits, the castes formerly known as untouchables.
Comments will be made by Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Professor of Social Anthropology, the University of Oslo.