On Collective Aspiration
The last chapter expands the scope of the ethnographic account to reflect on aspiration and affirmative action as important sites of political inquiry in the contemporary world. Focusing on the creativity of subaltern citizenship, it argues that such creativity emerges because of, not in spite of, proximity to those state institutions from which subalterneity is often seen as an exclusion. Looking at struggles for inclusion in the Scheduled Tribe category in Rajasthan and new uses of the Right to Information Act, the conclusion proposes that the ongoing work of feminist ethnography demands that we attend to how projects for social uplift can be both collective and differentially experienced based on axes of gender, age, and religious devotion.
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