Gut Ecology: Meat Science, Modernity, and Carrion Aversion in Gandhi's India

  title={Gut Ecology: Meat Science, Modernity, and Carrion Aversion in Gandhi's India},
  author={Lucinda Cole},
This essay examines debates about carrion eating in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century India. Although proscriptions against carrion eating among the noncaste Hindus were entangled in Indian anticolonial, nationalist, and cow-protection movements, “Gut Ecology” places the subject in the material contexts of bacteriology, the study of zoonotic disease, and the emergence of meat science. The essay focuses on an exchange of letters (1933) between M. K. Gandhi and Dr. G. V. Deshmukh, the… 

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  • Sociology
    The Indian economic and social history review
  • 2011
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