Practicing CasteOn Touching and Not Touching

Practicing CasteOn Touching and Not Touching

Aniket Jaaware

Print publication date: 2019

ISBN: 9780823282265

Publisher: Fordham University Press

Abstract

This book attempts a fundamental break from the tradition of caste studies, using a version of phenomenology, structuralism, and post-structuralism to give a radical description of touchability and untouchability in terms of a rhetoric and semantics of touch. Written in minimalist style, it attempts to see if regulations on touchability can be seen as generalizable, and not seen merely as an Indian phenomenon. It also argues that, upon examination, several traditional sociological, political, and moral categories do not prove to be useful for understanding touchability and untouchability.