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DALIT FEMINISM : A PERSPECTIVE ON BAMA'S SANGATI
Auteur(s)
LIKHARI Tanvir
Résumé
Dalit feminism has been described as a "discourse of discontent," "a politics of difference" from mainstream Indian feminism, which has been critiqued for marginalising Dalit women. Dalit feminist discourse not only questions Indian feminism's hegemony in claiming to speak for all women, but also the hegemony of Dalit men to speak on behalf of Dalit women. In such a scenario, Dalit women like Bama themselves taking the pen to articulate and record their experiences of hurt and humiliation subverts centuries old historical neglect (by the elitist nationalist discourse) and a stubborn refusal to be considered as a subject. Sangati is a record of their experiences of the joint oppression of caste and gender faced by multiple Dalit women; is in a sense an autobiography of a community. It analyses Dalits women's oppression as a triple jeopardy of oppression by double patriarchies - "discreet" patriarchy of their own caste and an "overlapping" patriarchy of the upper caste - as well as poverty. "Discreet" patriarchy dictates that power rests with men in the community and in the institutions led by them - the caste courts, the Church, the panchayats. The text traces an account of the aggressive exploitation of Dalit women in terms of doubleday labour, domestic violence, priests in the Church, upper caste landlords and their own ignorance and suggests remedies. Bama locates male violence unleashed by their caste men in their own sense of powerlessness vis-a-vis upper castes. Exploita
Editeur
Guru Nanak Dev University
Identifiant
ISSN : 0970-0242
Source
Guru Nanak Journal of Sociology A. 2007, vol. 28, n° 1-2, pp. 143-164 [22 pages] [bibl. : 1 p.3/4]
Langue
Anglais
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