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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 in Its Social and Historical Aspects II

Touch in Its Social and Historical Aspects II

(p.93) 4 Touch in Its Social and Historical Aspects II
Practicing Caste

Aniket Jaaware

Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on the social organization of touch. When one talks about the social organization of touch, they are talking about the organization of the meanings of the kinds of touch: That is what is being regulated and organized. In urban centers, the substance on which the regulations operate is undergoing a shift. Inasmuch as there is the situation of people of different castes forcibly mixing together under the rubric of acquisition, the body begins to stray out of the orbit of regulations. Indeed, in the ostensibly public places, the bodies themselves are more or less without regulations of the traditional kind. Thus, the most prominent occasion of involuntary touch is to be found in these public places. The more communal kind of touch is still obtained on festive and ritual occasions, where the inherited meanings of touch still operate across generations.

Keywords:   social organization, touch, urban centers, castes, public places, involuntary touch, communal touch, festive occasions, ritual occasions

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