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Understanding Popular Politics: Caste, Kinship and Factionalism among Yadavs in North India

LUCIA MICHELUTTI

in Diversity and Change in Modern India

Published by British Academy

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780197264515
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734403 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264515.003.0009

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Understanding Popular Politics: Caste, Kinship and Factionalism among Yadavs in North India

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This chapter discusses the rise of caste politics and the dynamics of Indian popular politics in the 1990s, specifically in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It shows how the interrelation between vernacular socio-cultural idioms and structures have been vital to make ‘democracy’ a part of the Indian political imagination. These have also been used to give information about the political upsurge of the common people and the shaping of political cleavages based on caste or community.

Keywords: caste politics; Indian popular politics; Uttar Pradesh; caste; Indian political imagination; common people; political cleavages; democracy

Chapter.  9481 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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