Economic Change, Politics and Caste: The Case of the Kongu Nadu Munnetra Kazhagam

Andrew K J Wyatt, M Vijayabaskar

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-111
JournalEconomic and Political Weekly
VolumeXLVIII
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2013

Keywords

  • Caste
  • Politics
  • Gounders
  • Tamil Nadu
  • India
  • Economics

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