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Mobilizing the Marginalized: Ethnic Parties without Ethnic Movements

Amit Ahuja


In India, a young democratic system has undermined the legitimacy of a two-thousand-year-old social system that excluded and humiliated an entire people by treating them as untouchables. This incomplete, but irreversible change in Indian society and politics has been authored by the mobilization of some of the most marginalized citizens in the world and counts as one of the most significant achievements of Indian democracy. Dalits, the former untouchables in India, who number over 200 million, have been mobilized by social movements and political parties, but their mobilization is puzzling. Da ... More

Keywords: Dalits, social movements, political parties, ethnic politics, caste, India, poor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190916428
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190916428.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amit Ahuja, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, UC-Santa Barbara