Cultural repression, caste in educational sphere and psycho-social experiences: Sociological interpretation from Dalit narrations in India

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Culture has become an important part of social life which gets birth from home and grown up in society and strengthen in educational sphere and died either in social/educational or home setting. It has also faced isolation and supports in a sociological phenomena. It also fights one against another, it dominates, dominated, appropriate, assimilate, integrate with the different group of society (Bhoi 2016). Caste derived from the cultural communities or ethnic groups, then it spread away, fight each other from one community to another, survival became question in one group against another. Then the diversity became closer and the unit became deviated from its origin (Natrajan 2016). Diversity spread by acknowlding group, communities, caste, religion and nationality (italics mine). In Indian context the formation dominant vs. domination, pure vs. impure comes from the superior vs. inferior, raw vs. ripe as culture.This paper looks at how cultural hegemony of superior community repress inferior community culture both at the societal and education level and how transmitted from social sphere to academic sphere. It also examined how a particular group of students has experienced cultural repression and heard their psycho-social experiences in the academic sphere. The methodology of this paper was exploratory in nature and mixed methodology approach was adopted to collect the data analysed. The sample size was 250 for quantitative and 10 for qualitative and descriptive and thematic analysis was applied in the analysis and interpretation. The findings of the study concludes that in India the society is based on caste ridden structural hierarchy where the dominant caste students have reproduced caste domination at educational sphere. However, the Dalits students were dominated by the upper caste students and they have been facing cultural repression and bitter psycho-social experiences in educational sphere.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2018
EventXIX ISA World Congress of Sociology
: Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses, Responsibilities
- Toronto, Canada
Duration: 15 Jul 201821 Jul 2018


ConferenceXIX ISA World Congress of Sociology
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Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • psycho-social experiences
  • caste
  • education
  • culture


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