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Practicing CasteOn Touching and Not Touching$
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Aniket Jaaware

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823282265

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823282265.001.0001

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Touch—An A Priori Approach

Touch—An A Priori Approach

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Practicing Caste

Aniket Jaaware

Fordham University Press

This chapter provides a diagram of touch. It is possible to posit a theory of genres of touch, based on the discussions in the preceding chapter. The primary categories of genre classification here are the following pairs of concepts: touching oneself/touching others; literal touch/figural touch; and good touch/bad touch. The chapter looks at the relationship between touching and being touched; it locates being touched as one kind of experience of otherness, and touching others as another kind of experience of otherness. Meanwhile, one gets to know literal touch in two ways: through sensation, and through the difference it makes when compared to figural touch. The chapter then determines what constitutes the good touch and the bad touch, touch that generates pain and touch that generates pleasure.

Keywords:   touch, touching oneself, touching others, literal touch, figural touch, good touch, bad touch, touching, otherness, sensation

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