Caste reading list

The following is a selection of books and journal articles on caste and equality issues. Please email our Library and Information Services Manager if you have a suggestion for a book or journal article to add to this list.

Ahmad, I. (1978) Caste and Social Stratification Among Muslims in India. New Delhi: Manohar.

Ambedkar, B. R. (2002) 'Castes in India: Their Mechanism, Genesis and Development', in V. Rodigrues (ed.), The Essential Writings of B.R. Ambedkar, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 241-62.

Anderson H. M Jeremiah (2020) Race, Caste, and Christianity: A Post‐Colonial Analysis, International Review of Mission, 109(1), pp.84-98.

Anderson H. M Jeremiah (2014) Community and Worldview among Paraiyars of South India: ‘Lived’ Religion (Bloomsbury Advances in Religious Studies), London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Anti-Caste Discrimination Alliance (2009) Hidden Apartheid - Voice of the Community: Caste and Caste Discrimination in the UK, A Scoping Study, Derby: Anti-Caste Discrimination Committee. 

Anti-Caste Legislation Committee (2019) The British Law On Caste, Derby: Anti-Caste Legislation Committee.

Ashianty, S. (2014) Caste discrimination in the UK: legal developments, Equal Opportunities Review, April/May, 247, 14-16.

Bayly, S. (1999) Caste, Society and Politics in India from the 18th Century to the Modern Age. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Bhatty, Z. (1996) 'Social Stratification Among Muslims in India', in M.N. Srinivas, (ed.), Caste: Its Twentieth Century Avatar. New Delhi: Penguin, 244-62.

British Sikh Report Team (2013) British Sikh Report 2013.

Chahal, C. (2008)  The Evil of Caste : The Caste System as the Largest Systemic Violation of Human Rights in Today. London:  The Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organisations UK, in association with the Dalit Solidarity Network UK.

Dalit Solidarity Network UK (2006) No Escape: Caste Discrimination in the UK. Dalit Solidarity Network UK Report.

Dhanda, M. (2009) 'Punjabi Dalit Youth: Social Dynamics of Transitions in Identity', Contemporary South Asia, 17, 1: 47-64.

Dhanda, M., Morland, D. and Taylor, S. (2009) ‘Eastern Punjabi Dalits: A Case Study of Wolverhampton’, British Association of South Asian Studies Annual Conference, Edinburgh, 30 March - 1 April.

Dhanda, M. (2013) ‘Identity and Difference: The Case of Dalits in Britain’. Unpublished paper, Indian Council of Social Science Research (Regional Centre), Panjab University, Chandigarh, 9 January.

Dhanda, M. (2013) ‘Caste and International Migration, India to the UK’, in I. Ness (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. Wiley Blackwell.

Dhanda, M. (2013) ‘Certain Allegiances, Uncertain Identities: The Fraught Struggles of Dalits in Britain’, in O.P. Dwivedi (ed.), The New Indian Diaspora. New York: Editions Rodopi, 99-119.

Dhanda, M. (2015) ‘Anti-Castism and Misplaced Nativism: Mapping caste as an aspect of race’ Radical Philosophy, 192, July-Aug, pp.33-43.

Dhanda, M., Mosse, D., Waughray, A., Keane, D., Green, R., Iafrati, S. and Mundy, J.K.  (2014) Caste in Britain: Experts' Seminar and Stakeholders' Workshop. Equality and Human Rights Commission Research Report no. 92. Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Dhanda, M., Waughray, A., Keane, D., Mosse, D., Green, R. and Whittle, S.  (2014) Caste in Britain: Socio-legal Review. Equality and Human Rights Commission Research Report no. 91. Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Dirks, N.B. (2002) Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India. New Delhi: Permanent Black.

Eide, A. and Yokata, Y. (2004) Discrimination Based on Work and Descent: Expanded Working Paper. UN Doc. E/CN.4/Sub.2/2004/31, 5 July.

Fárek, M., Jalki, D., Pathan, S., Shah, P. (Eds.) (2017) Western Foundations of the Caste System, London: Palgrave Macmillan

Galanter, M. (1984) Competing Equalities: Law and the Backward Classes in India. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Gazdar, H. (2007) 'Class, Caste or Race: Veils over Social Oppression in Pakistan', Economic and Political Weekly, 42, 2: 86-88.

Ghuman, P. (2011) British Untouchables: A Study of Dalit Identity and Education. Farnham: Ashgate.

Government Equalities Office (2018) Caste in Great Britain and equality law: a public consultation Government consultation response. London: Government Equalities Office.                     

Gupta, D. (2000) Interrogating Caste: Understanding Hierarchy and Difference in Indian Society. New Delhi: Penguin Books India.

Hardtmann, E. (2009) The Dalit Movement in India: Local Practices, Global Connections. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Iyer, L., Khanna, T. and Varshney, A. (2013) 'Caste and Entrepreneurship in India', Economic and Political Weekly, 48, 6: 52-60.

Jadhav, S. (2012) ‘Caste, Culture and Clinic’. Seminar, 633: May ('Caste Matters: a Symposium on Inequalities, Identities and Disintegrating Hierarchies in India').

Jaspal, R. (2011) 'Caste, Social Stigma and Identity Processes', Psychology and Developing Societies, 23, 1: 27-62.

Jodhka, S. (2012) Caste. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Juergensmeyer, M. (1982) Religion as Social Vision: The Movement Against Untouchability in 20th Century Punjab. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Keane, D. (2007) Caste-based Discrimination in International Human Rights Law. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Keane, D. (2016) ‘Book review: Against Caste in British Law: A Critical Perspective on the Caste Discrimination Provision in the Equality Act 2010’, International Journal of Discrimination and the Law, Vol.16 No.1 pp.51-54.

McPherson, K. and Shaw, K. (2012) 'Is it Time to Legislate on Caste?', Employment Law Journal, 127, February: 12-15.

Metcalf, H. and Rolfe, H. (2010) Caste Discrimination and Harassment in Great Britain, London: National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

Mosse, D. (2012) The Saint in the Banyan Tree: Christianity and Caste Society in India. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Mosse, D. (2012) ‘Caste and Christianity' Seminar, 633: May ('Caste Matters: a Symposium on Inequalities, Identities and Disintegrating Hierarchies in India').

Natrajan, B. (2012) The Culturalization of Caste in India: Identity and Inequality in a Multicultural Age. London: Routledge.

Nesbitt, E. (1997) ' “We Are All Equal”: Young British Punjabis’ and Gujuratis’ Perceptions of Caste', International Journal of Punjab Studies, 4, 2: 201-18.

Nesbitt, E. (2009) ‘Research Report: Studying the Religious Socialization of Sikh and ‘Mixed-Faith’ Youth in Britain: Contexts and Issues’, Journal of Religion in Europe, 2: 37-57.

O’Brien, J. (2012) The Unconquered People: The Liberation Journey of an Oppressed Caste. Karachi: Oxford University Press.

Pyper, D. (2018)  The Equality Act 2010: caste discrimination, Briefing Paper No. 06862,  London: House of Commons Library.

Qureshi, K.,Varghese, V.J., Osella, F. and Rajan, S.I. (2012) ‘Migration, Transnationalism, and Ambivalence: The Punjab–United Kingdom Linkage’, in P. Pitkänen,  A. Içduygu and D. Sert (eds), Migration and Transformation: Multi-level Analysis of Migrant Transnationalism. Houten: Springer Netherlands, 13-61.

Rafanell, I. and Gorringe, H. (2010) 'Consenting to Domination? Theorising Power, Agency and Embodiment with Reference to Caste', The Sociological Review, 58, 4: 604-22.

Ram, R. (2008) 'Ravidass Deras and Social Protest: Making Sense of Dalit Consciousness in Punjab (India)', The Journal of Asian Studies, 67, 4: 1341-64.

Rao, A. (2009) The Caste Question: Dalits and the Politics of Modern India. Berkeley. CA: University of California Press.

Reddy, D. (2005) 'The Ethnicity of Caste', Anthropological Quarterly, 78, 3: 543-84.

Rodriguez Burr, M (2017) Different routes for protecting caste discrimination: Chandhok v Tirkey, Industrial Law Journal, 46(3), pp.406-416

Sato, K. (2012) 'Divisions among Sikh Communities in Britain and the Role of Caste System: A Case Study of Four Gurdwaras in Multi-Ethnic Leicester', Journal of Punjab Studies, 19, 1: 1-26.

Shah, P (2016) ‘A weak defence of an indefensible caste law: A reply to David Keane’ International Journal of Discrimination and the Law, Vol.16 No.1 pp. 55–58.

Shah, P (2015) Against caste in British law: A critical perspective on the caste discrimination provision in the Equality Act 2010, Basingstoke: Palgrave

Shah, P. (2015) “An Ancient System of Caste”: How the British law against caste depends on Orientalism Vol. 17, Theatrum Historiae, pp. 119-141.

Shah, P. (2015) ‘Sacerdotal violence and the caste system: The long shadow of Christian-orientalism’ No. 41, Summer 2015, The Journal of Contemporary Thought (Special Issue on Critical Humanities), pp. 137-164.

Sharma, R.P. (2008). The Caste System. London: Hindu Council UK.

Singh, G. (2012) 'Sikhism', in L. Woodhead and R. Catto (eds.), Religion and Change in Modern Britain, Abingdon: Routledge, 100-10.

Steur, L. (2012) ‘Dalit Civil Society Activism’. Seminar, 633: May ('Caste Matters: a Symposium on Inequalities, Identities and Disintegrating Hierarchies in India').

Takhar, O. (2011) 'The Transmission of Tradition and Self Representation Amongst the Valmikis, Ravidasis and Namdharis in Britain', in K. Jacobsen and K. Myrvold (eds.), Sikhs in Europe: Migration, Identity and Representations. Aldershot: Ashgate, 279-304.

Taylor, S. (2013) 'Transnational Emotion Work: Punjabi Migration, Caste and Identity', International Journal of Work, Organization and Emotion, 5, 3: 281-95.

Taylor, S. and Singh, M. (2013) 'Punjab’s Doaban Migration-Development Nexus: Transnationalism and Caste Domination', Economic and Political Weekly (Special Article), 48, 24: 50-57.

Thorat, S. and Newman, K. (eds.) (2010) Blocked by Caste: Economic Discrimination in Modern India. Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Waughray, A. (2007) 'Caste: Invisible Discrimination?' New Law Journal 157, 7263: 348-49.

Waughray, A. (2009) 'Caste Discrimination: A 21st Century Challenge for UK Discrimination Law?' Modern Law Review, 72, 2: 182-219.

Waughray, A. (2010) 'Caste Discrimination and Minority Rights: The Case of India’s Dalits', International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, 17: 327-53.

Waughray, A. (2013) ‘Capturing Caste in Law: The Legal Regulation of Caste and Caste Discrimination’. PhD thesis: University of Liverpool.

Waughray, A. (2014)  'Capturing Caste in Law: Caste discrimination in the Equality Act 2010', Human Rights Law Review, 14(2), pp. 359-379.

Waughray, A. Dhanda, M. (2016) 'Ensuring protection against caste discrimination in Britain: Should the Equality Act 2010 be extended?' International Journal of Discrimination and the Law, Vol.16 No.2-3, pp.177-196.

Waughray, A. (2016) Book Review: Prakash Shah, Against Caste in British Law: A Critical Perspective on the Caste Discrimination Provision in the Equality Act South Asia Research 36(3), pp. 409-413.

Waughray, A. (2018) ‘Caste in Britain: Public Consultation on Caste and Equality Law’ Economic and Political Weekly,  Vol 53(10), 10 March 2018.

Zavos, J. (2012) 'Hinduism', in L. Woodhead and R. Catto (eds.), Religion and Change in Modern Britain. Abingdon: Routledge, 121-31.

Last updated: 19 Jun 2020