Dr. Smita M.Patil
Dr. Smita M.Patil is currently an Assistant Professor in School of Gender & Development Studies, IGNOU, New Delhi, India .She earned her M.Phil and PhD from Centre for Politcal Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is recipient of Research Excellence Program USC-India (PEIN) fellowship, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2014, the Australia-India Council Junior Fellowship at National Centre for Australian Studies of Monash University,Melbourne,2011-2012, Doctoral Fellowship of Centre for the Study of Developing Societies(CSDS) and Indian Council, of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Delhi. She has extentsively published on the areas of caste, gender, politics, education and so on . Her most recent publications are on ‘Class, Caste and Gender’ published in The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, First Edition, Edited by Nancy A. Naples Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., ISBN 978-1-4051-9694-9, 2016, ‘Reading Caste, Gender and Sexuality in Dalit Writings’ in Journal, Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, Issue 34, March 2014, Australia, and ‘Revitalising Dalit Feminism: Towards Reflexive, Anti-Caste Agency of Mang and Mahar Women in Maharashtra’, Review of Women’s Studies, Economic & Political Weekly , May 4, 2013, India and so on. Her areas of interest are women’s and gender studies, gender and law, political theory, social theory , caste, gender ,identity politics , education and so on.
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A powerful discourse around ‘digitally empowered society’ and ‘knowledge economy’ have been added to the neoliberal Indian vocabulary, while access to basic quality education, teachers, schools, infrastructure and so on are still major issues faced by the underprivileged in India. Identities are being formed around new interactive practices, particularly for young Dalit women. This article...