A University of Wolverhampton academic has received
a prestigious fellowship to carry out research into caste
Dr Meena Dhanda, Reader in Philosophy and Cultural Politics, has
received a £44,942 Research Fellowship from The Leverhulme
Dr Dhanda, from the School of Law,
Social Sciences and Communications, is working on a pioneering
project entitled ‘Caste Aside: Dalit Punjabi Identity and
Of the 90 Research Fellowships awarded by The Leverhulme Trust
across all subjects, Dr Dhanda is one of only four philosophers to
have achieved this distinction in 2010.
The research focuses on the experience of caste prejudice in
personal relations, and Dr Dhanda will study the extent of
separation between caste groups in the UK, looking into the
conditions for greater mixing.
Her comparative research will be conducted within the UK in
Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Coventry and Oxford. The Fellowship will
also fund her fieldwork in Punjab, India in Jalandhar, Chandigarh,
Ludhiana and Navanshahr.
Dr Dhanda said: “I am delighted to receive this prestigious
fellowship, which will enable me to carry out research into this
neglected area. I think we need to understand the complex role of
overseas migration and wider socio-economic and political factors
to get to the bottom of what keeps caste prejudice alive.”
Dr Dhanda is keen to hear from members of the general public who
might want to participate in this project as respondents, sharing
their own experience of caste prejudice or as members of
organisations involved in challenging caste hierarchies. She
may be contacted via email: M.Dhanda@wlv.ac.uk.
At the end of the two year project Dr Dhanda plans to present
the findings of the research in the form of a monograph. Dr
Dhanda’s previous work The Negotiation of Personal Identity
provides the theoretical basis for the current study.
The full list of all the Awards made in 2010 by The Leverhulme
Trust is available at: http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/news/awards/raac.cfm
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