CASTE: A Global Journal on Social Exclusion advances peer-reviewed scholarship across disciplines into caste systems in South Asia and beyond and considers the marginalization and inter-generational oppression of religious, racial and cultural minorities throughout the world. 

J-CASTE assesses social policies meant to counter exclusion in multiple spheres and intolerance in multi-faith democracies. Our authors come from varying disciplines including philosophy and ethics, theology and culture, sociology and anthropology, economics, law, health, literature and art among others. We welcome critical reviews of our papers, as well as book and film reviews and commentaries.

Call for Papers for Issue on “Caste and Psychology: Bridging the Gap” (Extended eadline for submissions: August 31, 2023)


Caste is one of the most complex, dynamic, and oppressive social systems existing today. Over the last two hundred years, scholars have examined caste from multiple disciplinary perspectives and documented its societal and economic underpinnings. However, as Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar emphasized, caste also has a psychological dimension. Among other things, caste is also a state of mind – an entity that emerges from the interaction between the human mind and society. Therefore, caste would not simply wither away with broad socio-economic changes but would require a radical transformation in people's cognition, emotion, and behavior. It has been more than 80 years since Babasaheb Ambedkar pointed out the need for addressing psychology of caste. The experience of past 80 years suggests that despite sweeping changes brought by forces of democratization, globalisation and development, caste still persists as a decisive psychological factor affecting people’s bodies, minds and social relations. Strangely, despite this ubiquitous relevance of psychological study of caste, a glaring gap exists between caste and psychology.

Call for Papers for issue on: Historical and Contemporary Anti-Caste Utopias: A Dalit Bahujan Discourse and Practice for Emancipatory Social Transformations (Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2023)


The Real Utopias Project was started in the early 1990s by Marxist sociologists in search of alternatives to existing structures of power, privilege, and inequality. However, this philosophical framework did not widen its study to diverse categories, dimensions, and manifestations of social stratification in different societies outside the Western world. This themed issue of J-Caste intends to critique, engage and expand The Real Utopias Project within a Dalit Bahujan framework of emancipatory social transformation.


Published: 2023-10-30

Envisioning ‘Prabuddha Bharat’: A Discourse for Social Transformation

N. Sukumar, Kristina Garalytė , Shailaja Menon (Author)


Periyar: Forging a Gendered Utopia

Shailaja Menon (Author)


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