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What It Takes

What It Takes

Chapter:
(p.57) 3 What It Takes
Source:
We Were Adivasis
Author(s):
Megan Moodie
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226253183.003.0003

Chapter Three begins a discussion of the gendered dispositions that emerge as the Dhanka undertake the cultural work of collective aspiration, focusing on masculine willingness. Willingness refers to a constellation of attitudes and inclinations cultivated by Dhanka men who highlight their willingness to do what it takes to get by despite historical oppression. Having experienced upward mobility in the last two generations, which has registered in the transformation of their slum neighbourhood, subaltern men adopt the performative practices learned through participation in and contact with the Indian civil service. Such practices, cultivated in proximity to the state, are used to draw distinctions between different kinds of men within the community.

Keywords:   masculinity, India, state, upward mobility, civil servant, subaltern, slum, aspiration

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