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OR25-20-5

POSITIVES OF BEING MARGINALIZED: STRENGHTENING INTERGROUP RELATIONS IN CONTEMPORARY INDIA

[Speaker] Bhatia, Aakanksha:1
1:University of Delhi (India)

This qualitative study examines the positive consequences of belonging to a marginalized section of society from an interdisciplinary perspective. Interviews of 65 participants belonging to violent and non-violent areas of Bihar (a state of India) were analyzed. 44 participants belonged to Aarah city and Bahiyara village which are non-violent regions and other 21 participants were residents of three villages i.e. Ekwari, Kurmuri and Sahar which have faced severe violence in the past two decades. Participants were mostly males and belonged to both upper and lower Hindu caste groups. Various themes were extracted which focused on the positive implications of socio-psychological dimensions of caste at both macro (culture, religion and traditions; historical nuances; political influences) and micro levels (individual-group dynamics; caste identity; psycho affective dimensions). In spite of the marginalization, the search for individual/caste identity as well as establishing good intergroup relations are emphasized in this paper.
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