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Caste and Nature: Dalits and Indian Environmental Politics

Mukul Sharma


Rarely do Indian environmental discourses examine nature through the lens of caste. Whereas nature is considered as universal and inherent, caste is understood as a constructed historical and social entity. Mukul Sharma shows how caste and nature are intimately connected. He compares Dalit meanings of environment to ideas and practices of neo-Brahmanism and certain mainstreams of environmental thought. Showing how Dalit experiences of environment are ridden with metaphors of pollution, impurity, and dirt, the author is able to bring forth new dimensions on both environment and Dalits, without ... More

Keywords: Dalits, Environment, Nature, Caste, Movements, Myths, Purity, Pollution, Impurity, Dirt, Ecology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199477562
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199477562.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mukul Sharma, author
University of Texas