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“We Are Hindus, So How Can We Clean It?”: How Caste Prejudices Promote Open Defecation in Rural India | Diane Coffey and Dean Spears | Caravan

In this excerpt from their new book, Where India Goes:  Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development and the Costs of Caste, authors Diane Coffey and Dean Spears explain their research findings that the primary reason for poor sanitation in rural India is the persistence of caste prejudices, which relegate any work involving proximity to human waste to be considered lower-caste and perpetuate practices such as manual scavenging.  Read more…