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Caste Diasporas beyond National Boundaries: Digital Caste Networks

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Although castes are organizing as cross-border formations empirically, the literature seems preoccupied with analyzing caste diasporas in terms of the boundaries of the nation-state. This article examines how digital caste networks serve as border-spanning caste diaspora by drawing on Steven Vertovec’s conceptualization of a diaspora. The analysis draws on ethnographic data to analyze the case of the Cyber Thiyyars of Malabar, a digital caste network that seeks to mobilize members of the Thiyya caste by foregrounding regional affiliations with Malabar.

Affiliations: 1: Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur


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