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This page lists important books (with weblinks, some of which are open access) at the intersection of race/ethnicity, caste and law.

On the Intersection of Race/Ethnicity, Caste and Socio-Legal Studies:


1959: Caste, Class, and Race: A Study in Social Dynamics by Oliver Cromwell Cox

Journal Articles:

1942: The Modern Caste School of Race Relations Social Forces 21 (2) by Oliver Cromwell Cox

1945: Race and Caste: A Distinction American Journal of Sociology 50 (5) by Oliver Cromwell Cox

1990: Race, Caste and Gender Man 25 (3) by Andre Beteille

2008: Equal by Law, Unequal by Caste: The Untouchable Condition in Critical Race Perspective Wisconsin International Law Journal 26 (2) by Smita Narula

2011: What I'm Reading: Caste, Race, and Hierarchy in the American South Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 17 (3) by C.J. Fuller

2022: Global Castes Ethnic and Racial Studies 45 (2) by Suraj Yengde

2022: "Is caste race?" Discourses of Racial Indianization Journal of Intercultural Communication Research 43 (3) by Purba Das

2022: The Concurrence of Anti-Racism and Anti-Casteism Political Quarterly 93 (3) by Meena Dhanda

Literature on Caste, Society, and Law:

1908: The History of Caste in India by Shridhar Vyankatesh Ketkar

1916: Castes in India: Their Mechanism, Genesis and Development by B. R. Ambedkar

1936: The Annihilation of Caste by B.R. Ambedkar

1987-2003: Writings and Speeches of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar (17 volumes) by B.R. Ambedkar


1984: Competing Equalities: Law and the Backward Classes in India by Marc Galanter


2000: God as Political Philosopher: Buddhism's Challenge to Brahmanism by Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

2001: Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India by Nicholas B. Dirks


2002: Why I am Not a Hindu: A Sudra Critique of Hindutva Philosophy, Culture and Political Economy by Kancha

Ilaiah Shepherd


2004: Buffalo Nationalism: A Critique of Spiritual Fascism by Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd


2009: Post-Hindu India: A Discourse in Dalit-Bahujan, Socio-Spiritual and Scientific Revolution by Kancha Ilaiah

2013: Civility against Caste: Dalit Politics and Citizenship in Western India by Suryakant Waghmore

2013: Beyond Caste: Identity and Power in South Asia, Past and Present by Sumit Guha


2019: Caste Matters by Suraj Yengde

2019: Dynamics of Caste and Law: Dalits, Oppression and Constitutional Democracy in India by Dag-Erik Berg 


2022: Caste Pride: Battles for Equality in Hindu India by Manoj Mitta


2023: Decolonising Caste in the Indian Context: The Psyche of the Oppressor Psychology and Developing Societies 35 (1)

by Angel Sophan and Arya Nair

2023: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson


2024: Capturing Caste in Law: The Legal Regulation of Caste Discrimination by Annapurna Waughray

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