The Untouchables: Subordination, Poverty and the State in Modern India (The New Cambridge History of India)

By: Oliver Mendelsohn and Marika Vicziany

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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. Contents Glossary; 1. Who are the Untouchables?; 2. The question of the ‘Harijan atrocity’; 3. Religion, politics and the Untouchables from the nineteenth century to 1956; 4. Public policy I: adverse discrimination and compensatory discrimination; 5. Public policy II: the anti-poverty programs; 6. The new Untouchable proletariat: a case study of the Faridabad stone quarries; 7. Untouchable politics and Untouchable politicians since 1956; 8. The question of reservation: lives and careers of some scheduled castes MPs and MLAs; 9. Subordination, poverty and the state in modern India; Bibliography; Index. Printed Pages: 307 with 2 tables.

Title: The Untouchables: Subordination, Poverty and the State in Modern India (The New Cambridge History of India)

Author Name: Oliver Mendelsohn and Marika Vicziany

Categories: India, History, Culture, and Politics, Sociology & Anthropology,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Cambridge University Press: 1998

ISBN: 8175960744

ISBN 13: 9788175960749

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 024599

Keywords: Untouchables India