P28
Fractured freedoms: identities and assertions from the margins in post-colonial India

Convenors:
Sukumar Narayana (Delhi University)
Nishant Kumar (Dyal Singh College)
Beatrice Renzi (University of Fribourg)
Location:
Room 207
Start time:
28 July, 2016 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

History, religion and politics colluded to deny opportunities to the majority of Indians depriving them of social and cultural capital. This panel would strive to unpack the discursive categories of 'excluded social groups' in terms of intersecting caste, class and patriarchal hierarchies.

Long abstract:

History, religion and politics colluded to deny opportunities to the majority of Indians depriving them of social and cultural capital. This panel would strive to unpack the discursive categories of 'excluded social groups' in terms of intersecting caste, class and patriarchal hierarchies. The Ambedkarite constitution provided the post colonial Indian state a roadmap for turning procedural freedoms into substantive ones. In the process, certain contradictions got embedded in the secular-religious normativites and the political entanglements shaping the relations of power between the society and the state. Thus it is essential to interrogate the interlinkages between multiple majoritarianisms and the role of the aspirational classes. Where does one locate 'exclusion' in terms of complementary forms of physical segregation, economic/material deprivation, symbolic subordination and violence. The discussions would argue for a shift from a descriptive approach to marginality and culture to one that is relational and power-laden, implicating social science practice and its epietemologies. The objective would be to debate the development of an analytical framework for the study of socioeconomic and cultural marginalization, which requires multiple paradigm shifts to counter the invisibility of violence involving the following fields.  What are the interlinkages between socio-cultural selfhoods and why their assertion represents a shift for turning procedural freedoms into substantive ones.  Critical pedagogies: Knowledge formations to promote intersectional perspectives on the lived realities of excluded in contemporary India.  Sociology of knowledge: Investigate the experiential dimensions of normativities so as to highlight the underlying material conditions and dynamics of power.