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Coming out as Dalit : a memoir of surviving India's caste system  Cover Image Book Book

Coming out as Dalit : a memoir of surviving India's caste system / Yashica Dutt.

Dutt, Yashica, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9780807045282
  • ISBN: 0807045284
  • Physical Description: xii, 251 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: Expanded edition.
  • Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [2024]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"A previous version of this book was published in India in 2019 by Aleph Book Company."
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The Early Years -- The Caste System : How It Began -- Education and Financial Strife -- Humiliation in Mussoorie -- The Reality of Untouchability -- The Long Road to St. Stephen's -- The Argument for Reservation -- Culture Cache and Onward to Columbia -- Dalit Movements and Ambedkar's Legacy -- My Introduction to Ambedkar -- Dalit Women's Movements -- The Danger of the Single Narrative -- Silicon Valley, Model Minority, and the Myth of Caste-lessness -- The Reckoning of Caste in Tech.
Summary, etc.:
"Born into a "formerly untouchable manual-scavenging family in small-town India," Yashica Dutt was taught from a young age to not appear "Dalit looking." Although prejudice against Dalits, who compose 25% of the population, has been illegal since 1950, caste-ism in India is alive and well. Blending her personal history with extensive research and reporting, Dutt provides an incriminating analysis of caste's influence in India over everything from entertainment to judicial systems and how this discrimination has carried over to US institutions. Published in India in 2019 to acclaim, this expanded edition includes 2 new chapters covering how the caste system traveled to the US, its history here, and the continuation of bias by South Asian communities in professional sectors. Amid growing conversations about caste discrimination prompting US institutions including Harvard University, Brandeis University, the University of California system, and the NAACP to add caste as a protected category to their policies, Dutt's work sheds essential light on the significant influence caste-ism has across many aspects of US society." -- Provided by publisher.
"For readers of Caste, the coming-of-age story of a Dalit individual that illuminates systemic injustice in India and its growing impact on U.S. society"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Dutt, Yashica.
Dalit women > India > Biography.
Dalits > India > Biography.
Dalits > India > Social conditions.
Caste-based discrimination > India.
India > Social conditions.
East Indian Americans > New York (State) > New York > Biography.
New York (N.Y.) > Biography.
Femmes intouchables > Inde > Biographies.
Discrimination fondée sur la caste > Inde.
Inde > Conditions sociales.
Américains d'origine indienne > New York (État) > New York > Biographies.

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