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Apr 26, 2021

Meritocracy and Democracy: The Social Life of Caste in India

Apr 26, 2021 April 26, 2021 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) Virtual

Christine Walley hosts MIT Anthropology Program Talk on "Caste of Merit" with author Ajantha Subramanian, Dwai Banerjee from MIT STS will be the discussant.


from Harvard University Press "Caste of Merit" webpage:


"How the language of “merit” makes caste privilege invisible in contemporary India.

Just as Americans least disadvantaged by racism are most likely to endorse their country as post‐racial, Indians who have benefited from their upper-caste affiliation rush to declare their country post‐caste. In The Caste of Merit, Ajantha Subramanian challenges this comfortable assumption by illuminating the controversial relationships among technical education, caste formation, and economic stratification in modern India. Through in-depth study of the elite Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)—widely seen as symbols of national promise—she reveals the continued workings of upper-caste privilege within the most modern institutions."