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Globalisation Traumas and New Social Imaginary: Visvakarma Community of Kerala

George Varghese K.
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 38, No. 45 (Nov. 8-14, 2003), pp. 4794-4802
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4414253
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Abstract

Without being able to identify with either the upper castes or the lower castes on caste questions, or with left ideologies or rightist forces on the political front the visvakarma community of traditional artisans in Kerala aimlessly wanders from one shelter to another. The changes that are taking place in the self-identity of this community buffeted by new economic forces provide a clue to the process of reformulation of community identities by middle caste groups in recent times.

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