This book explores the problems of how caste and gender issues are related to the education and empowerment of rural Dalit women in India. The key focus is on the presentation of Dalit female voices regarding their educational experiences. Specifically, this study explores the nature and role of education and its relationship to empowerment among thirty-three poor, rural Dalit women and girls who volunteered to become involved with an explicit women's empowerment project, the Mahila Samakhya program in Karnataka (MSK) during the years 1994 to 1995. This book will be of interest to practitioners in the fields of development: sociology, cultural studies and education; caste, gender, post-modern and subaltern academics and students, the general public and policy makers in India; Dalits and Dalit women in particular.
Dr. Moses Seenarine is a graduate of Columbia University and a former Assistant Professor of Hunter College, City University of New York. He is the author of several articles on gender and caste, including "Recasting Indian Women in Colonial Guiana: Gender, Labor and Caste in the Lives of Free and Indentured Laborers." He has taught at Teachers College, Columbia University, Suffolk Community College, State University of New York, and at several innercity high schools.
Abbreviations; Acknowledgements; Author's Preface; Foreword; Preface; 1. Listening to the Subaltern - Theoretical Mapping; 2. Challenging Hierachies - Historical and Social Dimensions of Caste; 3. Sink of Localism, Den of Ignorance - Research Setting; 4. Frogs Inside a Well: Gender, Caste and Class Status of Respondents; 5. We Were in Fire, Now We're in Water - Literary and Changes Among Dalit Young Women; 6. We Came Out Through the Door - Literacy, Employment and Changes Among Dalit Women; 7. Jai Bhim (Long Live Ambedkar) - Change in Caste Identity and New Social Options; 8. Not A Single Pisa (Cent) - Class, Caste, Gender and Development Practices; 9. Learning from the Poor - Empowering Development Practitioners; Glossary; Bibliography; Index