Can the Subaltern Change?

Aravind Mitra


This paper is an attempt to analyse why the subaltern community remains subaltern in spite of a change towards which they strive and what kind of expression or the speech they have and how it is interpreted by themselves and the dominant community. The problem is in the discourse in which the mimetic faculty works and how it is internalized into the discursive practices of the subalterns. Added to it the relationship that a subaltern shares with the dominant community and how he tries to be the same is also examined.

I excessively depend on scholars like Louis Dumont, Antonio Gramsci and Thomas Kuhn to support my arguments and draw an inference to prove how the subaltern culture not only imitate but also inculcate the same by altering the practices of the dominant community.    

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