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Mobilizing the Marginalized : Ethnic Parties without Ethnic Movements - Amit Ahuja

Mobilizing the Marginalized

Ethnic Parties without Ethnic Movements

Paperback Available: 26th July 2019
ISBN: 9780190916435
Number Of Pages: 248

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India's over 200 million Dalits, once called "untouchables," have been mobilized by social movements and political parties, but the outcomes of this mobilization are puzzling. Dalits' ethnic parties have performed poorly in elections in states where movements demanding social equality have been strong while they have succeeded in states where such movements have been entirely absent or weak. In Mobilizing the Marginalized, Amit Ahuja demonstrates that the collective action of marginalized groups--those that are historically stigmatized and disproportionately poor ED is distinct. Drawing on extensive original research conducted across four of India's largest states, he shows, for the marginalized, social mobilization undermines the bloc voting their ethnic parties' rely on for electoral triumph and increases multi-ethnic political parties' competition for marginalized votes. He presents evidence showing that a marginalized group gains more from participating in a social movement and dividing support among parties than from voting as a bloc for an ethnic party.

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List of Figures, Maps, and Tables Preface Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations 1 Introduction 2 Mobilization and the Marginalized 3 Historical Dalit Social Mobilization 4 The Effects of Historical Dalit Social Mobilization 5 Dalit Party Performance and Bloc Voting 6 Dalit Social Mobilization and Bloc Voting 7 How Mobilization Type Shapes Dalit Welfare 8 The Identity Trap 9 Conclusion: Whither Dalit Politics? Appendix A Focus Groups and Follow-up Interviews Appendix B Locality-based Campaign Survey Appendix C An Observational Study Assessing Caste Boundaries in the Indian Marriage Market Glossary Index

ISBN: 9780190916435
ISBN-10: 0190916435
Series: Modern South Asia
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Available: 26th July 2019
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36

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