Using case of the Kongu Nadu Munnetra Kazhagam (KNMK) formed in 2009, in western Tamil Nadu we explore the interaction between economic factors and caste mobilization, arguing that an understanding of caste politics can be enriched by a political-economy approach. We argue that economic factors can decisively shape the mobilising agenda of caste-based parties. We also show social identities that feature so prominently in the politics of caste pride often have an economic basis.
|Journal||Economic and Political Weekly|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Nov 2013|
- Tamil Nadu