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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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Political Responses to Social Exclusion and Discrimination

Political Responses to Social Exclusion and Discrimination

State Discourses and Practices

(p.61) 2 Political Responses to Social Exclusion and Discrimination
Human Rights as Practice

Jayshree P. Mangubhai

Oxford University Press

The multidimensional exclusions that Dalit women face have been traced through available research and statistics, in this chapter. This is counterpoised against the Indian state’s attempt to redress the situation through a host of laws, policies, and targeted development schemes. A large accountability gap, however, exists due to the state’s consistent failure to adequately implement its measures to respect, protect, and fulfil Dalit women’s rights. Further, state measures generate particular discourses on rural livelihood needs, entitlements, and women’s empowerment, which shape in specific ways the perceptions of socially excluded Dalit women regarding entitlements and agency. The argument for an orientation towards the micro-politics of Dalit women’s collective action is thus strengthened.

Keywords:   economic exclusion, political exclusion, socio-cultural exclusion, constitutional rights, state measures, state discourses, state accountability

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