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On the Banks of the Ganga When Wastewater Meets a Sacred River

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ISBN-10: 0472068083

ISBN-13: 9780472068081

Edition: 2002

Authors: Kelly D. Alley

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In this rich ethnographic study, Kelly D. Alley sheds light on debates about water uses, wastewater management, and the meanings of waste and sacred power. On the Banks of the Ganga analyzes the human predicaments that result from the accumulation and disposal of waste by tracing how citizens of India interpret the impact of wastewater flows on a sacred river and on their own cultural practices. Alley investigates ethno-semantic, discursive, and institutional data to flesh out the interplay between religious, scientific, and official discourses about the river Ganga. Using a new outward layering methodology, she points out that anthropological analysis must separate the historical and…    
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Book details

List price: $37.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 12/3/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Field Methods and Layers of Data
Contours of the Geographic, Cultural, and Theoretical Fields
The Polyvalency of Purity and Pollution
The Power of Ganga
Sacred Purity and Uncleanness
Purity and Flow
Defilement and Fouling in Colonial Law
Pollution and the Emergence of Judicial Activism
The Institutions of Wastewater Management
Contesting Water Quality and Mapping Wastewater
Transcendence and Immanence
Conclusion: Toward a Paradigm of Discourses and Powers
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index