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Human Rights as PracticeDalit Women Securing Livelihood Entitlements in South India$
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Jayshree P. Mangubhai

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198095453

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198095453.001.0001

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Collective Action, Exclusion, and Entitlements

Collective Action, Exclusion, and Entitlements

(p.37) 1 Collective Action, Exclusion, and Entitlements
Human Rights as Practice

Jayshree P. Mangubhai

Oxford University Press

This chapter details an analytical framework to study the practice of human rights. Central to this is an understanding of entitlement systems, the arrangements through which people acquire protected access to resources. Social exclusion explains why certain social groups fail to secure entitlements in terms of the power dynamics and institutional practices that shape Dalit women’s sense of entitlement and agency. Dalit women’s agency is understood in relation to structural power expressed in social norms, practices and discourses. Their agency is further complicated by the intersections of caste, class, and gender axes, generating multiple and often conflicting experiences of exclusion and power expressed in action. Positing collective action processes as a key analytical category to study entitlements then brings focus to the enabling and constraining factors shaping these women’s agency in particular contexts.

Keywords:   entitlements systems, social exclusion, agency, power, intersectionality, collective action

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