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"They have it in their stomachs but they can't vomit it up"

Dalits, reservations, and "caste feeling" in rural Andhra Pradesh

Clarinda Still

This article examines the social effects of India's affirmative action policy (“reservations“) on the relationship between dalits and the dominant castes. Drawing on fieldwork in rural southern India, this article looks at the way people use their knowledge of reservations (however imperfect) to form opinions that shape behavior in everyday life. I argue that this policy is used to vindicate upper-caste antipathy toward dalits and has become an important part of new discriminatory attitudes. While discrimination on the basis of pollution has become muted, in its place reservations (combined with ideas about habits, morality, and cleanliness) have become the principal idiom through which the dominant openly express resentment toward dalits. In this sense, the language of reservations enables and legitimates an upsurge of anti-dalit feeling. This leads us to consider whether the positive effects of the policy can effectively counteract the caste antagonism caused by it in everyday life.

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The sanctioning state

Official permissiveness and prohibition in India

Ajay Gandhi

sanctioning—as in enabling—process is all the more striking for it has occurred amid public and political antipathy. Political discourse and bureaucratic practice in India often telegraphs hostility to Bangladeshis. How does this oscillating dynamic of the

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Temperamental Differences

The Shifting Political Implications of Cousin Marriage in Nineteenth-Century America

Susan McKinnon

recognized that mulattoes are neither so perfect in physical organization, so active mentally, nor so prolific, as the parents on either side. There is certainly more antipathy existing between these races than between individuals of the same race, however

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Anthropology at the dawn of apartheid

Radcliffe-Brown and Malinowski’s South African engagements, 1919–1934

Isak Niehaus

anger at the Trobrianders ( Malinowski 1967 ). Malinowski developed far greater antipathy toward missionaries, whom he wrote “destroy the native’s joy in life,” than toward the paternalistic administrators of the islands ( Young 2004: 341, 382–390 ). At

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Tatiana Vagramenko

, and so forth, are the biggest threats for the brotherhood. The brotherhood’s preachers use a distinctly antiprosperity pathos, a message of antipathy to the values and concepts of capitalist culture, expressing rigorous opposition to the market economy

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John Sonnett

“angry anti-private-market activists” with banners reading “Water for People, Not for Profits” (486). Solomon’s antipathy is clearly linked to his belief that market forces are the key to solving problems of water scarcity. Although he recognizes the

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Emma Findlen LeBlanc

Islamic law is by its nature not suitable for codification’ ( 1964: 92 ). Muhammad Masud and colleagues describe a long-standing antipathy among Islamic authorities towards the compromises required in applying sharia as state law, ‘reflected in a number of

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Eschatology, Ethics, and Ēthnos

Ressentiment and Christian Nationalism in the Anthropology of Christianity

Jon Bialecki

of what a robust contemporary anthropological approach to ethics might look like. As varied as these different attempts have been, they share one trait: an antipathy to Durkheim’s vision of ethics (see particularly Laidlaw 2002 , 2014 ; Lambek 2010