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- DescriptionOften identified as leatherworkers or characterized as a criminal caste, Chamars of North India have long been stigmatized as untouchables. In this path-breaking study, Ramnarayan S. Rawat shows that in fact the majority of Chamars have always been agriculturalists, and their association with the ritually impure occupation of leatherworking has largely been constructed through Hindu, colonial, and postcolonial representations of untouchability. Rawat undertakes a comprehensive reconsideration of the history, identity, and politics of this important Dalit group. Using Dalit vernacular literature, local-level archival sources, and interviews in Dalit neighbourhoods, he reveals a previously unrecognized Dalit movement which has flourished in North India from the earliest decades of the 20th century and which has recently achieved major political successes.
- Author BiographyRamnarayan S. Rawat is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Delaware.
- Author(s)Ramnarayan Rawat,Ramnarayan S. Rawat
- PublisherIndiana University Press
- Date of Publication26/04/2011
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Series TitleContemporary Indian Studies
- Place of PublicationBloomington, IN
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintIndiana University Press
- Content Note12 b&w illustrations, 1 map
- Weight440 g
- Width188 mm
- Height219 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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