Transnational Dalit Feminists In Between the Indian State, the UN and the Global Justice Movement

Part of the Rethinking International Development series book series (RID)


This chapter explores to what extent Dalit feminists have been able to challenge their marginal position as so-called untouchables by way of transnational relations. Over the last few decades, Dalit feminists have bypassed the Indian state and, on the one hand, turned to the UN in an international context, and on the other hand, turned transnationally to activists in other countries and continents, thus playing an active part in both the Global Justice Movement and the World Social Forums (WSFs). I will discuss how we might conceptualize their involvement in these two different contexts—the UN and the Global Justice Movement—as well as how these involvements both differ and relate to each other, and to the Indian state.


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