Untouchables by Oliver Mendelsohn
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By Oliver Mendelsohn

The Untouchables

Subordination, Poverty and the State in Modern India

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Untouchables by Oliver Mendelsohn

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In a sensitive and compelling account of the lives of those at the very bottom of Indian society, Oliver Mendelsohn and Marika Vicziany explore the construction of the Untouchables as a social and political category, the historical background which led to such a definition, and their position in India today. The authors argue that, despite efforts to ameliorate their condition on the part of the state, a considerable edifice of discrimination persists on the basis of a tradition of ritual subordination. Even now, therefore, it still makes sense to categorise these people as 'Untouchables'. The book promises to make a major contribution to the social and economic debates on poverty, while its wide-ranging perspectives will ensure an interdisciplinary readership from historians of South Asia, to students of politics, economics, religion and sociology.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521553629
ISBN-10: 0521553628
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 308
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Apr-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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