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Against Stigma: Studies in Caste, Race and Justice since Durban  
Balmurli Natrajan and Paul Greenough
Price : 930.00
ISBN : 978-81-250-3600-5
Pages : 504
Binding : Hardback
Book Size : 140 x 216 mm
Year: 2009
Series:New Perspectives in South Asian History
Territorial Rights : World
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Against Stigma: Studies in Caste, Race and Justice since Durban
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About the Book

Historical barriers still inhibit comparative frameworks to map and challenge two of the most odious forms of discrimination―racism and casteism.  Both justify themselves on a principle of biological descent; they enable stigma as if it were a natural fact, refusing to see it as deleterious social exclusion.

Against Stigma carries fifteen essays that build upon the energies generated in scholarship as a result of the landmark 2001 World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance at Durban, South Africa.  The contributors, who represent a multiplicity of disciplines and intellectual orientations, explore comparative aspects of caste and race including conundrums of a globalized discourse and national problematics of racism and casteism.  The editors’ Introduction locates this comparative project around descent-based discrimination in a wide context; the editors suggest that globalization itself holds out the promise of more generalized practices of resistance and emancipation by oppressed national minorities.  A critical bibliography on race and caste is a bonus to students and teachers of Human Rights, Race Relations, Caste Studies and Politics of Socio-economic Exclusion.

At a time when democratic movements are sweeping across the globe, Against Stigma presents a fresh selection of authoritative scholarship and instructive debates centred on race and caste, two of the most potent and divisive concepts in the histories of humanity, sociology and human governance.

Contributors (Author(s), Editor(s), Translator(s), Illustrator(s) etc.)

Balmurli Natrajan is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at William Paterson University, New Jersey.

Paul Greenough is Professor of History and Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

About the Series

New Perspectives in South Asian History

The New Perspectives in South Asian History series publishes monographs and other writings on early modern, modern and contemporary history. The volumes in the series cover new ground across a broad spectrum of subjects such as cultural, environmental, medical, military and political history, and the histories of "marginalised" groups. It includes fresh perspectives on more familiar fields as well as interdisciplinary and original work from all parts of South Asia. It welcomes historical contributions from sociology, anthropology and cultural studies. For more details see: http://www.york.ac.uk/history/publications/new-perspectives-in-south-asian-history/ and http://www.orientblackswan.com/

Orient BlackSwan and the current editors of New Perspectives in South Asian History, Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya of the University of York (UK) and Dr. Niels Brimnes of Aarhus University (Denmark), are delighted to welcome Dr. Nitin Sinha as a new editor of the series. Dr. Sinha is a Lecturer in Modern History at the University of York, UK, and concurrently Research Fellow at the Zentrum Modern Orient, Berlin, Germany. His work focuses on the themes of history of transport and communication, labour and agro-ecology under the British rule from the late eighteenth to twentieth centuries, and his research interests include topics such as production of colonial knowledge, imperial travelling gaze, colonial cartography, environmental history and social and cultural history related with Hindi printed texts and visuals. More details about Dr. Sinha’s career and achievements can be accessed at: http://www.york.ac.uk/history/staff/profiles/sinha/