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Begging, Street Politics and Power : Secular and Religious Laws (Hardcover) (Sheba Saeed)
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Begging is a complex phenomenon, and its causes are multi-dimensional, ranging from religion, to socio-economic crime and politics. Likewise, the beggar does not belong to a homogenous group. Beggars are heterogenous in nature belonging to many different categories, from children, to adults, to the elderly.
Begging, Street Politics and Power focuses on the concepts of begging, street politics, religion and power in two different contexts: India and Pakistan. Considering both religious and secular begging regulation, and drawing on Hindu and Islamic engagements with begging as well as laws regulating begging in both geographical contexts, the book brings to the debate a wider social scientific critique of the power relationships inherent in this phenomenon. In doing so, the book will also unravel many of the commonalities and differences in religion and society within South Asia. Therefore, this book will be of interest to scholars working across the fields of religious studies, social science, law and South Asian studies.