Dalit Representation in Ethnography


  • Tahiba Banu Assistant Professor (Ad-Hoc), Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi




ethnography, self, other, theory, Dalits, reflexive


This paper tries to discuss within the context of ethnography the conceptual and political implications of modes of writing on Dalits, and also the different locations from which such writing is taking place?  Who is writing on Dalits and to what end?  Who is framing the Dalit question? How is the question being framed? What are the wider ethical, conceptual and political concerns that drive this mode of exploration around the subject?  What difference does it make to the conceptualization of Dalits as an object of academic inquiry, whether such writing is abstract and distanced (historical/conceptual) or the result of an intimate encounter and engagement with difference (as in anthropological, ethnographic or fieldwork-based writing)?

Author Biography

Tahiba Banu, Assistant Professor (Ad-Hoc), Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi

Tahiba Banu received her Bachelor of Sociology degree from Janki Devi Memorial College (JDMC), University of Delhi, India. Master of Sociology (M.A) and Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) are from the department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics (DSE), University of Delhi, India. She has previously taught at the department of Sociology at Bharati College and Miranda House, University of Delhi. She is currently working as an Assistant professor (Ad-Hoc) at department of Sociology, Lady Shri College for Women, University of Delhi. She has 4 years of teaching and research experience. She has qualified for JRF-NET.


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How to Cite

Banu, T. (2023). Dalit Representation in Ethnography. RESEARCH REVIEW International Journal of Multidisciplinary, 8(2), 71–81. https://doi.org/10.31305/rrijm.2023.v08.n02.013