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Practicing Caste: On Touching and Not Touching
Published by Fordham University Press
Touch: A Study of Caste attempts a break from the tradition of caste studies, using versions of phenomenology, structuralism and post-structuralism; and gives a description of touchability and untouchability in terms of a rhetoric and semantics of touch.
Practicing Caste attempts a fundamental break from the tradition of caste studies, showing the limits of the historical, sociological, political, and moral categories through which it has usually been discussed. Engaging with the resources that phenomenology, structuralism, and poststructuralism offer to our thinking of the body, Jaaware helps to illuminate the ethical relations that caste entails, especially around its injunctions concerning touching. The resulting insights offer new ways of thinking about sociality that are pertinent not only to India but also to thinking the common on a planetary basis.
Aniket Jaaware (Author) Aniket Jaaware is Professor of English at Shiv Nadar University. Anupama Rao (Foreword By) Anupama Rao is Associate Professor of History at Barnard College. She is the author of The Caste Question (California, 2009).
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