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Title: Strategic manipulation of caste identity signals
Author: Mamidi, Pavan
ISNI:       0000 0003 9940 8593
Awarding Body: Oxford University
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2011
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This dissertation uses signalling theory to explain and understand how people in India manage and manipulate caste and caste-related group identity signs and signals to convey their respective group types to others accurately. It is composed of four stand-alone, but related, empirical chapters. The first chapter is about the Naxalites, a predominantly lower-caste, guerrilla organization operating in India. It investigates how promising, upper-caste entrants signal their trustworthiness to the Naxalites. While there is extensive literature on motivations of rebels to join rebel groups (the why question), this work investigates how prospective entrants join rebel groups (the how question). The second chapter is about how Naxalites raise money by extorting civilian victims in villages and towns and how they deal with "competition" from Naxal mimics. This work finds that the Naxalites use information gathered through their extensive organizational networks as a costly to mimic signal of their identity. The third and fourth chapters are experimental studies on caste identification in Hyderabad, India. These studies investigate the success of young women in caste-based passing and truth signalling under different experimental conditions in a lab-type setting. I use two treatment conditions - (1) audiences of multi-person receivers on detection rates; and (2) information effects of short conversations between signallers and receivers in the experimental game .
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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