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Document Type(s):Book Chapter
Book Title:Structure and Change in Indian Society
Article/Chapter Title:Toward a Grammar of Defilement in Hindu Sacred Law
Editor(s):Singer, Milton; Cohn, Bernard S
Author(s):Orenstein, Henry
Publisher Name:Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc.
Place of Publication:New York, N.Y.
Date of Publication:1968
Annotation:Arguing that laws are “declined” according to differential qualities such as caste, gender, individual life history, and moral standing, Orenstein undertakes a structural analysis of the Dharmashastra based on what he calls “a grammar of defilement” in which each type of pollution has its own “paradigm” of orderly rule modifications. After reviewing these various “declensions” of defilement, he considers some of the implications of this grammatical approach to the study of laws and ethics.
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