Overview for Untouchable Freedom: A Social History of a Dalit Community
Untouchable Freedom traces the history of these Dalit workers--the Balmikis--from the 1860s to the present. It offers a view of the work process that entraps these Dalits into the sanitation industry, although most worked as agricultural labour prior to the twentieth century. This book will interest historians, sociologists, activists, and all who are concerned with Dalit politics.
Vijay Prashad (Author)
Dr. Vijay Prashad is Associate Professor and Director of International Studies, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, USA. He is the author of five books: Untouchable Freedom: A Social History of a Dalit Community (Oxford, 1999); Karma of Brown Folk (Minnesota, 2000; chosen as one of the 25 books of the year by the Village Voice); Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity (Beacon, 2001; chosen as one of the 25 best books of the year by the Village Voice); War Against the Planet: The Fifth Afghan War, US Imperialism and Other Assorted Fundamentalisms (Leftword, 2002); Fat Cats and Running Dogs: The Enron Stage of Capitalism (Common Courage, Leftword and Zed Books, 2002)