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12:00 - 13:00 1 February 2013

Caste, conversion and well being: some unanswered questions


Lecture Theatre 2 | Cruciform Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Dr Sushrut Jadhav, Senior Lecturer in Cross-cultural Psychiatry, UCL

There is a surprising absence of research examining cultural and psychological dimensions of caste identity in India. The stigma of being an 'untouchable' caste (Dalit) remains unexplored. The lecture will outline the salient aspects of 'conversion' for untouchables to another religion, and implications for intervention on caste related stigma. It will explore the following questions:

1) What is the nature of stigma associated with being an 'untouchable' caste? 2) How does this change following religious conversion? 3) How does caste shape individual identities and vice versa?

In addition the talk will also explore how and why does caste-ism impact upon the inner lives of both the perpetrators and their victims; how can psychological wounds be healed; how is caste- related victimhood constructed, experienced and contested; the cultural pathologies of the perpetrators of caste-ism; extent that caste-ism and racism overlap or differ in their psychological antecedents and consequences.


Sonal Bharadva
02031083991 | s.bharadva@ucl.ac.uk


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