Authored By: Dharamdas Shende & Sanjay Palwekar
Year of Publication: 2020
|Pages: 296||Binding: Hardback(HB)|
Category: Society & Social Sciences
|Price in Rs. 840.00||Price in (USA) $. 67.2|
Why is our society so fragmented? What are the material sites of production and reproduction of unequal relations? How do the concepts of honour and dishonour, dignity and humiliation get defined, disseminated, practiced and perpetuated? The various papers in the book explore into the complex weave of the ideologies and practices of class, caste, gender and race in order to provide answers to these questions. In the process, they expose the politics behind development, progress and prosperity and bring to light the struggles of the oppressed and rebellious articulations against oppression.
The book has two frames of reference. The first is provided by a studied introduction by Prof. Shende and Dr. Palwekar which presents an analysis of the politics of hegemony and power. The second frame is provided by Nicole Thiara’s essay which defines Dalit Literature as a counter-hegemonic project. The eleven papers presented in the rest of the book explore into the diverse aspects of hegemony and counter-hegemony in society, literature and films with thought-provoking insights into a wide range of areas, from Anglo-Indian community, to women in diverse literary traditions, and politics of films and film makers. The volume would be very useful to students and scholars engaged in research in Humanities as well as Cultural and Film Studies.
(Retd. Professor, EFLU, Hyderabad)
Today weare living in an age of growing polarization. Aggressive nationalism and religious fundamentalism are a menace to the secular and democratic structure of our country. Cleavages and fragmentations seem to be more glaring than ever that are detrimental to the unity and integrity of our nation and wellbeing of the masses. Binary oppositions –self /other, high class/low class, high caste/low caste, Hindu/Muslim, national/anti-national are being fabricated and reinforced to maintain power relation. It seems we are on the brink of catastrophe. Fissures in society are assuming alarming magnitude, if not dealt with earnestly, may perhaps, one day bring about apocalypse that will ruin us all irrespective of our class, class, gender and race. We must understand interconnection between us all, and must seek to integrate all the binaries into monistic, non-dichotomous expressionjust “human being” by dispensing with regressive, man-made categorization, as the truth is ‘every one impinges on everyone else.’ Live and let others live with dignity must be our mission to ensure egalitarian and just society. Let us engage in conjoint, shared, associated, and mutually meaningful activities and start our life anew.This book is a step forward towards meeting this end.
The book Caste, Gender and Race: A Politics of Hegemony discusses hegemonic education policy which is termed as a soft slavery, the dilemma of Anglo-Saxons as to caste, gender and race. It also deals with counter hegemonic discourse in Dalit and African-American Literature. Further the book foregrounds representation of hegemony in films by Nagraj Manjule and Shyam Benegal.We believe that this book is going to be a rich epistemic resource for academics, research scholars, practitioners, policy makers and all those who believe in humanitarian valuessuch as global peace, universal brotherhood, non-violence, equality, justice and equal human dignity.
Dharamdas Shende teaches English at the RTM Nagpur University. He is a former Fulbright Scholar at Northern Illinois University, USA. His research interest includes Deconstruction, Postcolonial studies and Dalit Sahitya.
Sanjay Palwekar teaches at the Department of English, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University. He is the author of Literature and Environment and Human Rights and Literature. He has edited the books Multiculturalism: Dynamics and Challenges and Mapping Caste and Gender.