A Dalit Bibliography

© Simon Charsley, Glasgow University, 1999

As part of a project funded by the British Economic & Social Research Council - The Scheduled Castes of Karnataka, South India: Entrepreneurship and Social Mobility (R00023468) - a working bibliography was prepared. At the end of the project in 1996, a copy of the version then current was placed in the library at the Institute for Social & Economic Change (ISEC) in Bangalore. The project was a collaboration between, institutionally, the Department of Sociology at the University of Glasgow, Scotland and ISEC, the team being led by Dr Simon Charsley from Glasgow and Professor G.K. Karanth from Bangalore. In the years since, this bibliography has continued to grow, if less systematically than might have been hoped.

The bibliography is arranged, in response to the needs of the original project, in three sections:

  • A: literature directly relevant to Karnataka
  • B: surrounding states: Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Kerala
  • C: elsewhere in India.

Within each of these sections there were divisions relating in more detail to the research agenda of the project. Only three of these are included here, those most likely to be of interest to other researchers in this field. They are, first, work with specific reference to Scheduled Castes / Untouchables / Harijans / Dalits; second, with women in society as their focus; and thirdly a most general category in which other relevant aspects of society and culture appear. Religion and ritual are included in this third section.

None of the sections are comprehensive - in general the thoroughness of the coverage decreases from A. to C. and through each of the three divisions in each section. Notes on holdings of items, either in Glasgow or elsewhere, are included, as well as occasional explanations of content. Not all references are complete, nor can they always be guaranteed correct: it is a working bibliography.

Users are invited to make it a collaborative enterprise by contributing both new items for it and corrections/completions of those already appearing - preferably by emailing them to Simon Charsley in Glasgow (Department of Sociology, University of Glasgow G12 8RW, Scotland, UK). Complaints welcome too!

Acknowledgement in publications assisted by the use of this bibliography will of course be appreciated.


Finding references
  1. Karnataka:
    1. Dalit etc.
    2. Women
    3. 'Society'
  2. Other Southern Indian states:
    1. Dalit etc.
    2. Women
    3. 'Society'
  3. Elsewhere in India:
    1. Dalit etc.
    2. Women
    3. 'Society'


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