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Untouchability in Rural India
Untouchability in Rural India

Untouchability in Rural India

by Ghanshyam Shah

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Language

English

Publisher

Sage Publications

ISBN

076193507X - Year: 2006 - Pages: 216

Binding

Paperback

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Author: Ghanshyam Shah
Harsh Mander/Satish Deshpande
Publisher: Sage Publications
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 216
ISBN/UPC (if available): 076193507X

Description

This book is a focused and systematic documentation of the incidence and extent of the practice of untouchability in contemporary India. Based on the results of a large survey covering 565 villages in 11 states, it reveals that untouchability continues to be widely prevalent and is practised in one form or another in almost 80 per cent of the villages. Field data is supplemented by information about the forms of discrimination which Dalits face in everyday life, such as:

The unclean occupations open to them
The double burden of Dalit women, who suffer both gender and caste discrimination
The upper-caste violence with which any Dalit self-assertion is met

The authors also describe Dalit efforts to overcome deeply entrenched caste hierarchies and assert their right to live with dignity. While the evidence presented here suggests that the more blatant and extreme forms of untouchability appear to have declined, discrimination continues and is most prevalent in the religious and personal spheres. The authors show that the notion of untouchability continues to pervade the public sphere, including a host of state institutions and the interactions that occur within them.

Recommended reading for all those interested in social and political rights, and particularly students of sociology and social anthropology.

Contents

LIST OF TABLES

LIST OF BOXES

FOREWORD BY BABU MATHEW

PREFACE BY HARSH MANDER

Introduction: Caste, Untouchability and Dalits in Rural India

Rural Untouchability Today: Forms and Sites

Unclean Occupations: Savaged by Tradition

Dalit Women and the Practice of Untouchability

Violence against Dalits

Demanding Rights, Equality and Dignity

Conclusion

APPENDICES

GLOSSARY

REFERENCE

INDEX

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

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