The Untouchables: Subordination, Poverty and the State in Modern India

ISBN: 0521553628
ISBN 13: 9780521553629
By: Oliver Mendelsohn Marika Vicziany

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In this 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.

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