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A Challenge to Theories Particularizing India: Why discrimination against Untouchables cannot be reduced to caste discrimination

 
By

Yasumasa Sekine

 
Abstract

Firstly, I point out that social sciences including anthropology are still in the post-colonial situation of modern Western domination in terms of not only language but also theoretical frameworks. After looking at the general observation of reproduction and continuation of such post-colonial situation, I explore a new direction for overcoming such the predicament with a special reference to my ethnography focusing upon the difference between caste discrimination and discrimination against Untouchables. I then conclude that only on the basis of sensitive and accurate fieldwork, the essence of which is the switch of viewpoint from ‘periphery’ to ‘boundary’, can we talk back against excessive modern Western domination in the academic world of the social sciences beyond the language barrier.

 

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