Book Launch: "Ground Down by Growth: Tribe, Caste, Class and Inequality in 21st Century India"
Speakers: Dr Alpa Shah (LSE Anthropology), Dr Jens Lerche (SOAS) and Professor Phillippe Bourgois (University of California)
Chair: Professor Katy Gardner (Department of Anthropology)
25th January 2018, 6.30-8pm, Old Theatre
This book launch examines how economic growth in India entrenches social difference of tribe, caste and class and has transformed identity-based discrimination into new forms of exploitation and oppression.
Alpa Shah is Associate Professor – Reader in Anthropology at the LSE. She has written on indigenous rights, social inequality, labor migration, affirmative action, emancipatory politics and revolutionary insurgency. She has lived for four and half years as an anthropologist in remote parts of the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand amongst Adivasi (tribal) people.
Dr Jens Lerche is a Reader in Labour and Agrarian Studies at SOAS. He has worked on Dalits, rural and migrant labour and agrarian relations in India for more than two decades.
Philippe Bourgois is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California at Los Angeles. He works on social inequality, violence, substance abuse, incarceration, homelessness, mental illness, and ethnic segregation/conflict. His work began in Central America in 1979 (Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama) documenting the revolutionary movements and political repression. Since 1985 his primary work has been in the US inner city, with crack and heroin sellers and injectors, and mental illness.
This event is co-hosted with the LSE Department of Anthropology. There will be a post-lecture reception in the "Behind the Indian Boom" photo exhibition in the LSE Atrium.