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Casted Minds in Higher Education in India: Role of Caste Identities in shaping Psychological Distress among University Students

Wednesday 29 June 2016, by siawi3

PhD Upgrade presentation

Nilisha Vashist

Division of Psychiatry, UCL

6th July -3-4pm

Venue: Chadwick B05 LT

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Casted Minds in Higher Education in India: Role of Caste Identities in shaping Psychological Distress among University Students

Abstract

Caste, as the underlying social structure, regulates everyday relations in Indian settings, including higher education. This often translates into social exclusion and differential treatment of sections placed lower in the hierarchy once they enter these elite spaces. This research project aims to study how playing out of caste-identities in a University campus contributes to stress among students from marginalized groups, and what steps could possibly be taken to mitigate this. Employing an ethnographic method of qualitative data collection from both primary and secondary sources, this project shall study the discourses on caste-mediated exclusion and its role in causing distress among students in University of Pune, Maharashtra (India).