Fall 2012

Caste in Modern South Asian History

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-271  |  History, as HIST-271


Dwaipayan Sen (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 271 [AS] and ASLC 271 [SA].) This course seeks to understand how practices of caste have transformed over the course of modern South Asian history. It focuses on various movements opposed to caste discrimination and inequality as well as the ongoing search for social justice. The course simultaneously provides an overview of the scholarship and debates about understanding this form of social identification. Rather than studying caste in a reified manner, we will be concerned with analyzing how it articulates with various other social phenomena, like gender, class, community, and nationality, amongst others. Based on close readings of primary sources, as well as an engagement with secondary literature in history, political science, anthropology and literary studies, the course explores some of the major interpretations of the experience and practice of caste produced by historical actors and scholars until the present moment. Two class meetings per week.

Fall semester.  Professor Sen.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Fall 2016, Fall 2018