Rules of untouchability in ancient and medieval law books: Householders, competence, and inauspiciousness

@article{Aktor2002RulesOU,
  title={Rules of untouchability in ancient and medieval law books: Householders, competence, and inauspiciousness},
  author={Mikael Aktor},
  journal={International Journal of Hindu Studies},
  year={2002},
  volume={6},
  pages={243-274}
}
  • Mikael Aktor
  • Published 1 December 2002
  • History
  • International Journal of Hindu Studies
Some concepts remain alive in scholarly discourse without any clear justifica tion in terms of theoretical definition or demarcation. 'Untouchability' is such a concept?it has been justified on empirical criteria which are more rooted in folk traditions of social attitudes than in sociological consistency,1 and as such it lacks a clear theoretical basis. Untouchables are 'at the bottom/ but what demarcates this bottom from the Mow/ apart from being the last in a declining series, is not clear… 
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