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Manuela Ciotti

In: Development Failure and Identity Politics in Uttar Pradesh

Chapter 5: Agency in Words, Self-representation in Action: Connecting and Disconnecting Dalit and Low-Caste Women with India's History of Gender and Politics*

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Agency in Words, Self-representation in Action: Connecting and Disconnecting Dalit and Low-Caste Women with India's History of Gender and Politics*
Agency in words, self-representation in action: Connecting and disconnecting dalit and low-caste women with India's history of gender and politics
ManuelaCiotti
Introduction

Between 2004 and 2005, I conducted research on Dalit and low-caste women in politics in several different contexts in UP.1 During this time, I came to know about women from different parties and backgrounds who often used seva to talk about their role as politicians.2 These women borrowed a mobilisation idiom that has been successful historically in translating the moral peril arising from activities carried out in public—for women who might have experienced seclusion regimes — into the honour of rendering selfless service to the ...

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