Emergence of Subjectivity Formations
The independence movement – as well as its subsequent decades – is one of the most documented events in India, in which the questions of identity and subjectivity of the country and its people were the pillar of the movement. Those questions are still relevant in contemporary India as the introduction of neo-liberal policies in the 1990s have changed the position of India globally and has altered the working and living conditions of Indians.
In today´s identity and subjectivity discourses, Dalits, Other Backward Castes, Adivasi and indigenous groups, religious minorities, LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex) and differently abled people are the main actors. Identity and subjectivity formations revolve around sex, gender, caste, class, spaces, rights, embodiment, working and living conditions which have percolated into India´s social, cultural, economic, political and religious landscapes. From a social studies´ perspective, the identity and subjectivity formation processes have paved way for epistemological engagements which the present issue aims to present to a larger audience.