Journal article

Caste and Organization Studies: Our Silence Makes Us Complicit

Snehanjali Chrispal, Hari Bapuji, Charlene Zietsma

Organization Studies | SAGE Publications | Published : 2021

Abstract

The caste system has received scant attention in organization studies, despite persisting over thousands of years, influencing the socioeconomic lives of over a billion people around the world and subjecting over 300 million people to severe socioeconomic discrimination. By overlooking caste, scholars risk conforming subaltern empirics to imperialist knowledge and miss the nuance and complexity that caste can bring to organization studies. We argue that the caste system is an institution that affects the workplace, yet it is difficult to dismantle because of its rooting in bodies and the sacred, which strips away agency. As an institution that is deeply embodied, caste has implications for i..

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