1st Edition

Marginality in India Perspectives of Marginalisation from the Northeast

Edited By Kedilezo Kikhi, Dharma Rakshit Gautam Copyright 2023
    316 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    316 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    The book takes a close look into the definitions and categorizations of marginality, inequality, agency and location in society. It examines the systems of marginalization and othering by exploring perspectives of socially excluded people and communities in Northeast India.

    The context of Northeast India provides unique perspectives on the debates around marginality due to the existence of multi-ethnic cultures in the region and since its prolonged colonial historical experience alienated it from the rest of India. This volume focuses on the issues pertaining to tribe, caste, gender identity, religion, and physical disability in the region. It also looks at the roles which institutions, education and the media play in the creation and perpetuation of social exclusion and the centre—periphery binary. With essays from eminent scholars and social scientists, the book discusses themes such as citizenship and borders, national and tribal identity, the role of the law, government and policies for countering exclusion and the challenges which socially excluded groups and communities face to gain agency, autonomy and the right to equality.

    This book will be useful for scholars and researchers of sociology, Northeast India studies, political sociology, development studies, political science, gender studies, and social anthropology.

    1..Introduction 2. Schema for exploring social exclusion and marginality in northeast India 3. Dissecting marginality: The caste question 4. Marginality and marginalisation in the discursive Practices: Caste marginalisation as a process in everyday cultures and the resultant spiral of silence 5. Disability and inclusion: A policy analysis 6. Social acceptability of LGBTQs 7. Marginality and marginalisation: Education as a source of cumulative Marginalisation 8. Marginalisation of scheduled tribes in higher educational institutions: A case of shrinking public space 9. Rural education: An endemic problem of cultural subordination 10. Structural marginalisation of transgender students in higher education institutes of India 11. Borders and the construction of citizenship in India 12. Identity of aporia and autonomy: The Bodo movement in retrospect 13. Governance, identities and belongingness in the margins: Centre-periphery relations in India 14. Identity and marginalisation: The Darjeeling hills in context 15. Geographies of marginalisation: Marginality and interstate migration in India 16. Discourse of Assamese nationalism: Situating the Miyas of Assam 17. Patronizing laws and zealous Implementers: Women, sex industry, and anti-trafficking discourse in Assam 18. Pre-emptive criminalisation and marginalisation of the Nagas 19. Corruption: Systemic marginalisation of the tribals 20. Marginality and legal pluralism: An intersection of Article 371A, Naga women and the urban local body imbroglio 21. Media on the margins 22. Narrating the northeast: Contextualising media led marginality


    Kedilezo Kikhi is currently Chair Professor, Dr. Ambedkar Chair, and Professor of Sociology at Tezpur University, Assam, India. He completed his post-graduate degree and Ph.D. from North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, India. He is credited with several publications in national and international journals, dailies, texts, and reference books for tertiary as well as school education. His most recent publications include Nagaland: Vibrant Ethnic Communities in Transition (Vol. 1&2), Indigeneity, Citizenship and the State: Perspectives from India’s Northeast and Comprehending Equity: Contextualising India’s North-East.

    Dharma Rakshit Gautam is currently Research Officer and Assistant Professor, Dr. Ambedkar Chair at Tezpur University, Assam, India. He completed his post-graduate degree at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India and earned research degrees (M.Phil. & Ph.D.) from National institute of Educational Planning & Administration (NIEPA), New Delhi, India. His recent publications include Education Among Scheduled Castes and Comprehending Equity: Contextualising India’s North-East.