Manufacturing self-respect: stigma, pride and cultural juggling among Dalit youth in Spain

Lum, K. ORCID: 0000-0002-8894-7578, 2014. Manufacturing self-respect: stigma, pride and cultural juggling among Dalit youth in Spain. In: E. Toğuşlu, J. Leman and İ.M. Sezgin, eds., New multicultural identities in Europe: religion and ethnicity in secular societies. Current issues in Islam . Leuven: Leuven University Pres, pp. 95-117. ISBN 9789058679819

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This chapter, which at first view may be seen as an outlier in this volume, has as its function to broaden our focus on the study of ethnic minority diaspora youth by considering the identity management strategies of a non-Muslim community, the Dalit Indian youth living in Spain. Dalit youth face a dual challenge: how to combat caste stigma and how to negotiate being a racialized ethnic minority
in Spain. For former untouchables, intra-ethnic prejudice is just as important as external discrimination. This chapter discusses the importance of music and micro acts of social normalization in defying caste stigma. It then explores the various strategies for integrating a biocultural identity that Dalit Indian youth adopt, focusing on the concept of situational ethnicity. It concludes by considering what this case study of a Dalit Indian community in the diaspora can teach us about segmented integration and bicultural and multicultural identities.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Lum, K.
Publisher: Leuven University Pres
Place of Publication: Leuven
Date: 2014
ISBN: 9789058679819
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 24 Jan 2017 09:31
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:11

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