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A Cultural View of Sanitation | Abhay Rao | Stanford Social Innovation Review

This review by Abhay Rao of “Where India Goes:  Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development and the Costs of Caste” by Diane Coffey and Dean Spears highlights their examination of the role of caste identities and notions of ritual purity in explaining high rates of open defecation in India.  Rao concludes that, “this book offers a fresh and compelling perspective that should interest not just policy makers and practioners in sanitation, but also those working in maternal and child health, and education, and other fields affected by the issue.”  Read More…