Parenting from the ‘Polluted’ Margins: Stigma, Education and Social (Im)Mobility for the Children of India’s Out-Casted Sanitation Workers

@article{Walters2019ParentingFT,
  title={Parenting from the ‘Polluted’ Margins: Stigma, Education and Social (Im)Mobility for the Children of India’s Out-Casted Sanitation Workers},
  author={Vicky Walters},
  journal={South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies},
  year={2019},
  volume={42},
  pages={51 - 68}
}
  • Vicky Walters
  • Published 2 January 2019
  • Sociology
  • South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies
Abstract Sanitation work is considered highly polluted in Hindu society and the stigma inflicted on sweepers and manual scavengers (safai karamcharis) extends to their children. This paper examines how safai karamcharis navigate parenting from the ‘polluted’ margins. It explores strategies adopted to protect children from stigma and explains how these strategies are temporal and partial. It also discusses the hope parents place on education for their children’s social mobility but how securing… 
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