ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Whither the Subaltern Domain? - An Ethnographic Enquiry

Decentralisation of power and the institution of the panchayati raj system in West Bengal have been expected to aid the disappearance of subalternity (or a state of powerlessness) by way of caste, class and gender. On the contrary, an ethnographic investigation in a village panchayat reveals that divisions between the elite and the subaltern continue to exist in a complex form despite grassroots democracy in the state.

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