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Untouchables Subordination, Poverty and the State in Modern India

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ISBN-10: 0521556716

ISBN-13: 9780521556712

Edition: 1998

Authors: Oliver Mendelsohn, Marika Vicziany, Jan Breman, G. P. Hawthorn, Ayesha Jalal

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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

List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/30/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Ayesha Jalal is the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University. Her books include "Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia," "Self and Sovereignty: Individual and Community in South Asian Islam since 1850," and "The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League, and the Demand for Pakistan."

Glossary
Who are the Untouchables?
The question of the �Harijan atrocity�
Religion, politics and the Untouchables from the nineteenth century to 1956
Public policy I: adverse discrimination and compensatory discrimination
Public policy II: the anti-poverty programs
The new Untouchable proletariat: a case study of the Faridabad stone quarries
Untouchable politics and Untouchable politicians since 1956
The question of reservation: lives and careers of some scheduled castes MPs and MLAs
Subordination, poverty and the state in modern India
Bibliography
Index