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

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

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… (more)

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Publisher: Columbia University Press (July 08, 2014)

Collection: Cultures of History

Parent ISBN: 9780231163064

Language: English


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