CSAS Lecture Series | Decasticization,"Dirty work" and Dignity: A case study of Arunthathiyars in Tamil Nadu
Using qualitative interviews and social media analyses, my project explores the complex consequences of corporate irresponsibility in the mistreatment of Aruthathiyar janitors and active documentation of Arunthathiyars' sufferings by progressive and Dalit activists acting as their mnemonic communities. I will argue for the need to incorporate a social marginality perspective for disaster management to prevent dignity injuries and occupational hazards of the most marginalized groups, such as Arunthathiyars.
Ram Mahalingam is a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. He is currently the Director for the Barger Leadership Institute (https://lsa.umich.edu/bli/People1/people/RamaswamiMahalingam.html), and is a cultural psychologist originally from Tamil Nadu, India.
Intersectionality, gender, and social marginality are the major themes of his research. He has edited two books and published numerous journal articles in interdisciplinary journals. His previous research explored the relationship between essentialism and power at the intersections of caste, social class, gender, race, and ethnicity.
He is currently working on three projects:
(a) dignity in the workplace, with a specific focus on janitors in India, the US, and South Korea;
(b) mindfulness, dignity, and social justice;
(c) cell phones and the making of the self.
|Event Type:||Lecture / Discussion|
|Tags:||Asia, India, Psychology|
|Source:||Happening @ Michigan from Center for South Asian Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures|
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