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H-ASIA December 10, 2010 ASR Special Issue on Cultural Politics of Disadvantage ******************** From: "Ursula Rao" <email@example.com> Dear all, We would like to draw your attention to the following new publication: The Cultural Politics of Disadvantage in South Asia Special issue of Asian Studies Review, December 2009, Volume 33(4) Guest Editors: Assa Doron and Ursula Rao This special issue on the cultural politics of disadvantage in South Asia engages with key debates and concepts in the social sciences about the relationship between power and domination, agency and subalternity. The contributions critically explore old and new patterns of social exclusion, political domination and empowerment in South Asia. In focusing on disadvantaged people in South Asia, the essays compel us to think about their fears, wants and aspirations and the multiple ways in which structures of domination are subverted, negotiated, reproduced, transformed and, at times overturned in culturally meaningful ways. The authors traverse wide terrain, employing a range of analytical tools and approaches to explore autobiographies, myths, social practices, spatial forms, historical events and political struggles of subaltern classes. The aim is to unravel the complex realities of everyday life that demonstrate the heterogeneous nature of the subaltern world, as both a community of practice and an analytical category. As such, this special issue will interest scholars across a range of disciplines engaged in debates about nationalism, human rights, religion and modernity. Contents From the Edge of Power: The Cultural Politics of Disadvantage in South Asia Assa Doron & Ursula Rao Pain, Personhood and the Collective: Dalit Life Narratives Debjani Ganguly Shattered Dreams. The Longing for 'Post independent India' Badri Narayan Partition and the ruptures in Dalit identity politics in Bengal Sekhar Bandyopadhyay Understanding the Bahujan Samaj Prerna Kendra: Space, place and political mobilization Maxine Loynd Caste and the desire for belonging Ursula Rao Modernity as a "Rain of Words": Tracing the Flows of rain' between Dalit Women and Intellectuals in Tamil Nadu Kalpana Ram In Praise of the Ordinary Man: Popular Media, Social Hierarchy and Identity in a North Indian Text Assa Doron ------ Dr. Ursula Rao University of New South Wales ====================================================== To post to H-ASIA simply send your message to: <H-ASIA@h-net.msu.edu> For holidays or short absences send post to: <firstname.lastname@example.org> with message: SET H-ASIA NOMAIL Upon return, send post with message SET H-ASIA MAIL H-ASIA WEB HOMEPAGE URL: http://h-net.msu.edu/~asia/