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Purendra Prasad, Amar Jesani, and Sujata Patel

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199482160

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199482160.001.0001

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Caste, Class, and Gender on the Margins of the State

Caste, Class, and Gender on the Margins of the State

An Ethnographic Study among Community Health Workers

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Madhumita Biswal

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Dichotomous view of state and local communities remains a dominant theme in the theorization of state. State often gets depicted to be mainly working on the basis of a rational principle as opposed to the irrationalities of the local communities. This chapter makes an attempt to understand how such claims about state takes an actual course while making available some of the basic needs like health services. It argues that gender and class bias remain inherent at the very structuring level of the health programmes. Further, the bureaucratic hierarchy of the state and the hierarchies of the local communities seem to converge on many occasions.

Keywords:   State, Local communities, caste, class, gender, embodiment

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