Speak, Memory: Oral Histories of Kodaikanal Dalits

Abstract : Speak, Memory. Oral Histories of Kodaikanal Dalits is the outcome of a research based on Dalit oral narratives, to record and to understand their interpretation of their own pasts. To reveal the richness and complexity of this through the words and rhythms of Cakkiliyar testimonies is the formative concern of this book. It seeks to understand, historically, the phenomenon of untouchability as it was experienced, internalised and articulated by Dalits. By shedding light on ceri life in the past and opening a window on to the present, this study attempts to enhance our understanding of the dynamics of social change amongst Dalits at the village level. Hence, it aims to provide a biography of these localities. Testimonies and the memories they involve enable us to delve into the perceptions of the past and the different ways of speaking about it, within the same community.
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Alexandra de Heering. Speak, Memory: Oral Histories of Kodaikanal Dalits. Institut Français de Pondichéry, xxi, 401 p., 2018, Regards sur l’Asie du Sud / South Asian Perspectives n˚ 11, 978-81-8470-220-0. ⟨hal-02127191⟩

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