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Mapping Dalit Feminism

Mapping Dalit Feminism
Towards an Intersectional Standpoint

  • Anandita Pan - Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education Research (IISER) Bhopal

October 2020 | 282 pages | SAGE Stree

In this path-breaking study, a first in many ways, Anandita Pan argues that dalit women are an intersectional category, simultaneously affected by caste and gender. The use of intersectionality permits observation of the ways in which different forms of discrimination combine and overlap, challenging the apparent homogeneity of the categories ‘woman’ and ‘dalit’ as seen by mainstream Indian Feminism and Dalit Politics. This points to the difference between women and dalit women and the latter with dalit men, which leave them unrepresented.

The book investigates the questions of ‘selfhood’, identity, representation and epistemology which reveal the ‘savarnanization’ of ‘Indian woman’ and the masculinization of ‘dalit’. There is an incisive discussion of knowledge produced about dalit women and the intervention and contribution of Dalit Feminism therein. The book concludes with the question of who can be or become a dalit feminist, intriguingly, not a limited category.

Foreword by J. Devika
Theorizing ‘Intersectional Standpoint’
Being a ‘Dalit Woman’
Representing a ‘Dalit Woman'
Exercising Agency
Revisiting History
Becoming a Dalit Feminist: Towards a Conclusion

“Its clear conceptualisation of intersectionality and well-rounded arguments makes the book an important read for those of us who identify as intersectional feminists and for those who are keen on understanding intersectional feminism.”

Feminism in India, 2 April 2021

Anandita Pan

Anandita Pan is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IISER Bhopal. She obtained her PhD from IIT Kanpur. Her research explores the myriad way in which ‘Feminism’ is viewed and practised in India, and puts special emphasis on women and nature, women and labour, and speculative narratives by women. More About Author

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