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STEUR, L. (2011). Adivasis, Communists, and the rise of indigenism in Kerala. Dialectical Anthropology, 35(1), 59–76. 
Added by: Prashanth NS (6/8/23, 10:00 PM)   
Resource type: Journal Article
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 3044092
BibTeX citation key: STEUR2011
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Keywords: ADIVASIS, COMMUNIST Party (India), COMMUNISTS, India, Indigenism, KERALA (India), NEOLIBERALISM
Creators: STEUR
Collection: Dialectical Anthropology
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Abstract
lthough the notion of the 'adivasi' has come under academic scrutiny and the 'dark side' of indigeneity discourses is increasingly criticized, there has been relatively little attention to the question of why, under adverse circumstances, activists have nevertheless started articulating their political program in the language of adivasi-ness while surpassing the particularistic politics of earlier tribal movements. Explaining the emergence of indigenist politics as a new democratic force is all the more pertinent for the case of Kerala since this state has the Communist movement as an obvious alternative for the articulation of such a transformative political agenda. This article therefore seeks to explore the forces that gave rise to the politics of indigenism. It begins with a discussion of shifts in the structural power context shaping subaltern activism in Kerala-particularly the impact of neoliberal restructuring and the new ideological environment created with the demise of the Communist block. The paper then moves to consider the political dynamics operating within this structural context that led indigenist activists to form a separate political movement. It looks particularly at the sense of both ideological and material disillusionment these activists feel toward the Communist party in Kerala. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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