Spotted Goddesses: Dalit Women's Agency-Narratives on Caste and Gender Violence
- Author: Roja Singh
- Publisher: Zubaan
- ISBN: 9789385932700
Spotted Goddesses is an ethnography of caste, gender and Dalit women’s leadership. Situated in transitional feminist discourses, this book is rooted in interactions and lived experiences of Dalit women in Tamil Nadu. Singh’s perspective as a Dalit woman provides an intersectional social analysis of power structures that sustain caste dominance in South India today. She describes strategies of social change in Dalit women’s activism as rooted in subversive applications of imposed identities of ‘difference’ thwarting social boundaries and punishment traditions. The core of this interdisciplinary work is Dalit women’s songs, oral and written testimonial narratives, including Singh’s personal story.