Education for Confidence: Political Education for Recasting Bahujan Student Selves

Suresh Babu, Savitha (2020) Education for Confidence: Political Education for Recasting Bahujan Student Selves. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 43 (4). pp. 741-757.

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Abstract: Focusing on a personality development camp conducted by social justice activists in Bengaluru and the conversations it generated among young women students, this paper unpacks the interactions between confidence conceptualised as self-respect by anti-caste movements, and confidence as a soft skill required for service sector employment. The camp urged young people to cultivate confidence through an understanding of the contemporary caste economy and histories of valour amongst oppressed caste groups. The exercise occurred in the specific context of Indian higher education and the shaming of ‘reserved category’ students. The positing of confidence as a resource against social denigration questions generic critiques of personality development as neo-liberal.
Item Type: Journal Paper
Keywords: Activist pedagogy, anti-caste histories, confidence education, Dalit socio-political movements, personality development,political education
Subjects: School of Social Sciences > Education
Doctoral Programme > PhD Scholar Publications
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2022 09:03
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2022 09:03
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