Reconsidering Untouchability: Chamars and Dalit History in North India

By: Ramnarayan S.Rawat

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Often identified as leatherworkers or characterized as a criminal caste, the Chamars of North India have long been stigmatized as untouchables. In this pathbreaking study, Ramnarayan S. Rawat shows that in fact the majority of Chamars have always been agriculturalists, and their association with the ritually impure occupation of leatherworking has largely been constructed through Hindu, colonial, and postcolonial representations of untouchability. Rawat undertakes a comprehensive reconsideration of the history, identity, and politics of this important Dalit group. Using Dalit vernacular literature, local-level archival sources, and interviews in Dalit neighborhoods, he reveals a previously unrecognized Dalit movement which has flourished in North India from the earliest decades of the twentieth century and which has recently achieved major political successes. Printed Pages: 292.

Title: Reconsidering Untouchability: Chamars and Dalit History in North India

Author Name: Ramnarayan S.Rawat

Categories: India, Dalit Studies,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Orient BlackSwan/Permanent Black: 2014

ISBN: 8178243946

ISBN 13: 9788178243948

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 101805

Keywords: Reconsidering Untouchability: Chamars and Dalit History in North India Ramnarayan S.Rawat