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I am an anthropologist interested in thinking about the intersection between society, ecology and technology. I work on the role of smell, discard and ideas of caste and contamination along a continuum that inform the design of sanitary infrastructure of Indian cities. I am interested in conceptualising alternate social relations and ideas of sanitation that can lead us to developing more equitable and ecologically responsible urban infrastructures.
In this paper, I argue that on the one hand the sociology of identities creates caste and religion as distinct social categories pertaining to Hindus and Muslims respectively. On the other hand, systems of capitalism and urbanization conflate practices that define caste and religion through stigmatized labor and spatial segregation. In this context...
Waste studies is premised on the understanding that waste is not essentially dirty or invaluable, but rather an arena through which classification, social boundaries, and state-making takes place. Mary Douglas’s structural approach in Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo (2002) forms the cornerstone of waste studies by...
Colonial municipal planning discourses imagined waste as infrastructure to build Bombay city by filling creeks and reclaiming land. Waste as land was reassembled through the judiciary’s remaking of the landfill as a zone of pollution to be “scientifically” closed through waste treatment technologies. Even as science attempts to comprehend its compl...
This article explores the spatial politics of situating slaughterhouses at the margins of Mumbai city enacted by the sanitary civic state and the caste labour of the butcher community. While the sanitary state mobilises colonial discourses of sanitation that deem animal slaughter unhygienic and so needing to be located at the shifting periphery of...
Cow protection groups have been reported to engage in acts of public violence against Dalit and Muslim caste labourers. In the context of these occurrences, this article explores the relationship between caste identity and performing “stigmatised” labour-sanitation, removing refuse, and collecting urban waste-in colonial Bombay. The idea of dirt as...
This article seeks to think about decline as part of the sociology of time, by exploring ways former politically dominant communities seek to negotiate their ritual traditions by forging newer relationships to modern time. The article offers an ethnography of decline among the Shia community of Hyderabad old city, whose weakened political status by...
While most studies of Shi'i Islam have focused upon Iran or the Middle East, South Asia is another global region which is home to a large and influential Shi'i population. This edited volume establishes the importance of the Indian subcontinent, which has been profoundly shaped by Shi'i cultures, regimes and populations throughout its history, for...
This article explores Islamic networks, as constituted by migration of people, movement of saints and philanthropic institutional links, across the Indian Ocean. Linking Bombay, Hyderabad and the Muslim diasporas of East Africa, these transnational Shi‘i networks forge a print-based public sphere and determine routes for the circulation of media te...
Submitted to the Dept. of Anthropology and Sociology in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Summary: leaves vi-vii. Microreproduction of original issued: [Clayton, Vic.], 1988. xx, 525 leaves, 7 leaves of plates. Thesis (Ph.D.) -- Monash University, 1988. Bibliography: leaves 506-525.