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Practicing Caste: On Touching and Not Touching

Aniket Jaaware


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.

Keywords: caste studies, dalit studies, semantics, touch, touchability, untouchability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780823282265
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823282265.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aniket Jaaware, author
Shiv Nadar University