Kula Gauravam, Transnational Migration, and Class Mobility: Reconfiguring the Dominant Caste Status in Coastal Andhra

Roohi, Sanam (2019) Kula Gauravam, Transnational Migration, and Class Mobility: Reconfiguring the Dominant Caste Status in Coastal Andhra. In: Mapping the Elite. OUP, pp. 162-185. ISBN 9780199491070

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Abstract: Perceived from the outside and inside as a cohesive community, Kammas (a dominant caste in Coastal Andhra) self-project themselves as a group that has always extended the frontiers of economic advancement, including through transnationalization. Despite the sense of community cohesiveness, there exist layers of class stratification within this community. In this chapter, I argue that the notion of kula gauravam (caste pride) and kutumba gauravam (family pride) play a significant role in creating aspirations among the non-elite Kammas to become rich like others in the community and motivate them to bridge this class gap. To ‘middle-class’ Kammas then, transnational migration and urbanity become central precepts around which this, once rural and peasant, community has attempted to jump the scale of class to recreate their rightful economic status akin to their high-caste status (refurbished from a Sudra to a Kshatriya status in the last century).
Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: class, migration, urbanity, caste pride, transnationalization
Subjects: School of Social Sciences > Sociology
Programmes > Provincial Globalisation Programme
Doctoral Programme > PhD Scholar Publications
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2021 16:23
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2021 16:23
Official URL: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/mapping-th...
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    Funders: WOTRO Science for Global Development Programme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientifi c Research (NWO)
    Projects: Provincial Globalisation Programme
    DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199491070.003.0006
    URI: http://eprints.nias.res.in/id/eprint/2092

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