Book chapter / The Emotional Lives of Slave Castes in Colonial and Postcolonial Kerala

Mohan, P. Sanal. ‘Emotions in the Context of Caste Slavery: Exploring the Missionary Writings on Kerala’. In The Politics of Belonging in Contemporary India: Anxiety and Intimacy, edited by Kaustav Chakraborty. New Delhi: Routledge, 2019.

Chapter excerpt (edited): Erasure of emotions enforced by the landlords was one of the major features of caste slavery. For them, the slaves were a property sans emotion. They were not allowed a language to express their emotions.

In this chapter, the focus is on the emotional world of the slave castes in Kerala from the second half of the nineteenth century through the first half of the twentieth century. For the latter part of the twentieth century, I also analyse some writings of the Dalits that could be referred to as vernacular histories in which the emotional aspects of individual and social life appear as a defining feature.

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