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Inscribing Subjects to Citizenship. Petitions, Literacy Activism, and the Performativity of Signature in Rural Tamil India. Francis Cody. Presented by Orlando Hernandez. Francis Cody, Ph.D. Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropologist

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Inscribing subjects to citizenship

Inscribing Subjects to Citizenship

Petitions, Literacy Activism, and the Performativity of Signature in Rural Tamil India

Francis Cody

Presented by Orlando Hernandez


Francis cody ph d

Francis Cody, Ph.D.

  • Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropologist

  • Received Doctorate from the University of Michigan in 2007

  • Written language and the social dynamics of collective political action in southern India.


Tamil india

Tamil, India


Problem

Problem

  • The residents of Katrampatti have lost access to their cremation grounds

  • This has led to feelings of disenfranchisement


Solution

Solution

  • “ArivoliIyakkam” = Enlightenment Movement

    • State and NGO run movement to increase literacy.

      • Tamilnadu Science Forum

    • Female Literacy Rate has risen from 44.2% to 60.9%


Problems with this approach

Problems With This Approach

  • “We encourage people to write their own petitions. Sometimes what happens is, though people know how to write, they are not able to put out their thoughts in a very cogent manner. That is where petition writers… their functions to come in. They reduce it to a cogent and logical structure.”– Petition Collector


Methods

Methods

  • Participant Observation

  • Interviews


Why is this important

Why Is This Important?


Sources

Sources

  • CODY, F. (2009), INSCRIBING SUBJECTS TO CITIZENSHIP: Petitions, Literacy Activism, and the Performativity of Signature in Rural Tamil India. Cultural Anthropology, 24: 347–380. doi: 10.1111/j.1548-1360.2009.01035.x

  • http://www.anthropology.utoronto.ca/people/faculty-1/faculty-profiles/francis-cody

  • http://cdn.coastalcare.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/sand-mining-tamil-nadu.jpg


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