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Between the EmpiresSociety in India 300 BCE to 400 CE$
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Patrick Olivelle

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305326

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305326.001.0001

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Naming and Social Exclusion: The Outcast and the Outsider

Naming and Social Exclusion: The Outcast and the Outsider

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Between the Empires

Aloka Parasher-Sen

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the terms “outcast” and “outsider” as well as naming and social exclusion and begins with quotes from Michel de Certeau and B. R. Ambedkar. Social exclusion has been much written about in the past, but not in the context of how naming as a process interjected to define linkage between those who named and those who were named. Looking critically at naming in the present context provides space for understanding the multiple nodes of social exclusion, each in turn, throwing up a series of other names apparently synonymous to each other, yet different in their localization in time and space. This sort of flowering out from a strong linear stem enables the chapter to pattern and map the complex relationship between hierarchy and diversity in the social landscape of the subcontinent during a period of some of the most critical centuries in its evolution that has been defined as the period “between the empires.”

Keywords:   outcast, outsider, naming, social exclusion, Michel de Certeau, B. R. Ambedkar, between the empires

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