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By Suryakant Waghmore

Civil society as an analytical notion is more and more taken care of with suspicion within the learn of politics in postcolonial societies. whereas attractive with Dalit struggles for civility, this ebook bargains a critique of normative liberal assumptions of civil society and in addition counters the scholarship that rejects the assumption and hazard of civil society in postcolonial societies.

Based on an ethnography of Dalit pursuits in Maharashtra, this publication highlights the centrality of caste in developing localized kinds and strategies of civil society. The research marks a shift from views that both emphasize the function of the nation in shaping civil society or absolutely forget about the position of caste in its formation.  As one of many first books at the post-Panther part of Dalit politics in Maharashtra, this booklet makes a huge contribution. It reopens the talk at the nature and sorts of Dalit statement within the Nineties and appears past the ‘impasse’ in Dalit politics.

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