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The Untouchables of India By Robert Deliege

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Addresses the problem of untouchability by providing an overview of the subject as well as insights into its social and religious origins. This book demonstrates that untouchability is a deeply ambiguous condition: neither inside nor outside society, reviled yet indispensable, untouchables constitute an original category of social exclusion.

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The Untouchables of India by Robert Deliege

The subjugation of millions of people in a caste system that is a radical form of apartheid has long had its critics, both from within India and from outside it. Although the government has introduced equal opportunity legislation in an effort to right some of history's wrongs, untouchability is an accident of birth that continues to stigmatize and ostracize more than one hundred and forty million people. Untouchables remain on the bottom of the socioeconomic scale and are found, more often than not, in unskilled, low status occupations. They are forbidden to enter temples, often beg for their food, must leave their chests uncovered and silently endure public humiliations and insults. They remain on the fringes of society and it is even said by some that their shadows pollute passersby. This excellent book addresses the problem of untouchability by providing an overview of the subject as well as penetrating insights into its social and religious origins. The author persuasively demonstrates that untouchability is a deeply ambiguous condition: neither inside nor outside society, reviled yet indispensable, untouchables constitute an original category of social exclusion. This is reflected in the various social movements they have led over the last century and more. The situation of untouchables is crucial to the understanding of caste dynamics, especially in contemporary circumstances, but emphasis, particularly within anthropology, has been placed on the dominant aspects of the caste system rather than on those marginalized and excluded from it. This important book redresses this problem and represents a vital contribution to studies of India, Hinduism, human rights, history, sociology and anthropology.

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Deliege's important and groundbreaking book makes gripping and tragic reading. Its grim message must not be ignored. William Dalrymple, The Sunday Times [This book] provides much little-known information and arises out of a year of direct fieldwork in a Tamilnadu village. Rev. David Haslam, Methodist Recorder This excellent book is highly recommended for those interested in South Asian studies, social stratification, and inequality. Choice All in all, therefore, this is a valuable work which raises a number of important issues, but which also serves to waymark current understandings of this complex phenomena, thus immeasurably aiding the formulation of future research. Anthropological Theory This book is valuable for both scholars of Indian society and for sociologists interested in social stratification ... the bibliography is vast and the issues are clear. Contemporary Sociology

About Robert Deliege


Robert Deliege Professor of Social Anthropology,Universite de Louvain-la-Neuve Translated from the French by Nora Scott

Table of Contents


The untouchables - an overview; untouchability - theories of caste; the ambiguity of untouchables; untouchable myths of origin; discrimination, disabilities and segregation; untouchable occupations; emancipation movements; B.R. Ambedkar leader of the untouchables; positive discrimination; conclusion.

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GOR003592839
The Untouchables of India by Robert Deliege
Robert Deliege
Global Issues
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
1999-06-01
244
1859732143
9781859732144
N/A
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