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The Pariah Problem Caste, Religion, and the Social in Modern India

Author: Rupa Viswanath
Publisher: New York Columbia University Press 2014
Series: Cultures of History
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Once known as?Pariahs," Dalits are primarily descendants of unfree agrarian laborers. They belong to India's lowest castes, face overwhelming poverty and discrimination, and continue to be a source of public anxiety. Drawing on a wealth of previously untapped sources, this book follows the conception and evolution of the?Pariah problem" in public consciousness in the 1890s. It shows how high-caste landlords, state  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Online-Publikation
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rupa Viswanath
ISBN: 9780231163064 0231163061 9780231537506 0231537506
OCLC Number: 888123930
Awards: Winner of Outstanding Academic Title 2017
Description: 1 online resource (705 p.)
Contents: Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction 1. Land Tenure or Labor Control? The Agrarian Mise-en-Scene 2. Conceptualizing Pariah Conversion: Caste 3. The Pariah-Missionary Alliance: Agrarian Contestation and the Local State 4. The State and the Ceri 5. Settling Land 6. The Marriage of Sacred and Secular Authority: New Liberalism 7. Giving the Panchama a Home: Creating a Friction Where None Exists 8. Everyday Warfare: Caste 9. The Depressed Classes Conclusion: The Pariah Problem's Enduring Legacies Glossary Notes Bibliography Index
Series Title: Cultures of History
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Once known as?Pariahs," Dalits are primarily descendants of unfree agrarian laborers. They belong to India's lowest castes, face overwhelming poverty and discrimination, and continue to be a source of public anxiety. Drawing on a wealth of previously untapped sources, this book follows the conception and evolution of the?Pariah problem" in public consciousness in the 1890s. It shows how high-caste landlords, state officials, and well-intentioned missionaries conceived of Dalit oppression and prevented substantive solutions to the?Pariah Problem"?with consequences that continue to be felt to ...

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Rupa Viswanath has carried out an extraordinary feat of historical scholarship in the new field of Dalit studies. Skillfully negotiating two different archives-the official and the missionary-she Read more...

 
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