This tutorial considers India’s legacy as a booming Asian democracy that is built upon deep and enduring divisions. Why is India’s growing population so often described in terms of multiple identities or fragmenting oppositions—including religion, gender, caste, and class? What are the historic roots and recollections of key moments of structural violence in modern Indian history that produce ongoing social conflict as well as social fluidity? We pay particular attention to key historic moments such as Partition, and key communal riots in Gujarat, Hyderabad, and Delhi as well as regions of India such as Jammu & Kashmir in order to understand the struggle for individual subjectivity and identity within a landscape of stark social hierarchies. We will cover climate emergencies, resource scarcities, and ongoing struggles for power and status across very different parts of India. Our readings include ethnographic, sociological, historical analyses as well as fiction, oral history, and popular media sources that attempt to portray India¿s diverse and fragmented society.
Format: tutorial; meetings weekly, weekly writing, and discussion
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
weekly writing assignments and tutorial attendance every week
majors in Anthropology and Sociology, Religion, Asian Studies, or Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
Weekly writing, writing chats, intensive feedback on writing grammar, style, argument every week.
This course fulfills the Difference, Power, and Equity by theorizing the ways that social power and equity have been and continue to be a source of struggle and division within Indian society. It analyzes the ways that communities have used religion, gender, ethnicity, and caste to struggle for power and status within Indian society.
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