Dalel Benbabaali received her PhD in Social Geography from the University of Paris Ouest-Nanterre in 2013. She graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure and completed an MA at the Sorbonne on land and water issues in rural Syria. She first went to India in 2003 to teach French to higher civil servants at the National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie.
Her doctoral thesis explores the relation between dominant caste and territory in South India through a detailed ethnography of the Kammas of Andhra Pradesh, with an emphasis on their migration patterns and upward social mobility, from landed farmers to businessmen, industrialists and professionals. The aim of this work is to unveil the mechanisms of power and control that are used by the dominant castes to perpetuate their hegemony.
After teaching for one year at the Sorbonne, she joined the LSE as a postdoctoral fellow.
2013 Dominant caste and territory in South India
2016 'From the Peasant Armed Struggle to the Telengana State'. Contemporary South Asia, 24(2), 184-196.
2012 ‘Un espace charnière. Le Sud algérien et les migrations subsahariennes vers l’Europe’. EspacesTemps.net.
2010 ‘Entre villages du delta et HITEC City : mobilité socio-spatiale des Kamma d’Andhra Pradesh’, Purusartha, Paris, Editions de l’EHESS, 28, 105-133.
2008 ‘Questioning the role of the Indian Administrative Service in national integration’. South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal.
2007 ‘60 ans d’Union Indienne?’. Echogéo, 2.
2005‘La gestion de l’eau dans l’oasis de Palmyre, Syrie’. Villes et Territoires du Moyen-Orient, 1.
Articles in a dictionary of contemporary India
2010 ‘Andhra Pradesh’ & ‘Mobilité sociale’, in F. Landy (ed.), Dictionnaire de l’Inde contemporaine, Paris, Armand Colin, 41-43 & 334-335.
2010 ‘Les conflits de caste en Andhra côtier’, in L. Baixas et al. (eds), Conflit et rapports sociaux en Asie du Sud, Paris, L’Harmattan, 157-172.
2009 ‘Importing new cultures into the city: the role of Kamma migrants in the development of Andhra culture in Hyderabad’, in G. Reddy (ed.), Emerging urban transformations. Multilayered cities and urban systems, Hyderabad, International Geographical Union, Urban geography Commission, 689-700.
2013 ‘Review of Gupta A., 2012, Red Tape. Bureaucracy, Structural Violence, and Poverty in India'. Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, vol. 27: 129 - 133.
2012 ‘Review of Berti D., Tarabout G. (eds), 2009, Territory, soil and society in South Asia. New Delhi, Manohar’. Contributions to Indian Sociology, 2012, 46 (1), 239-241.