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The Quotidian RevolutionVernacularization, Religion, and the Premodern Public Sphere in India$
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Christian Lee Novetzke

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231175807

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231175807.001.0001

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Sonic Equality

Sonic Equality

(p.243) Chapter Seven Sonic Equality
The Quotidian Revolution

Christian Lee Novetzke

Columbia University Press

Draws out the contours of this social ethics in the Jñāneśvarī by tracking the relationship between statements about social equality and idioms of social inequality that were endemic to thirteenth-century Marathi. The Jñāneśvarī reveals a paradox, for the radical nature of putting this classic Sanskrit text in Marathi for all to access also means importing the language, colloquialisms, idioms, and other registers of social inequity that mark all languages. Vernacularization, located within the field of everyday life, simultaneously presses for greater social equity and reinforces other means of social difference. The Jñāneśvarī reveals a sonic equality that existed in a world of deep social inequality.

Keywords:   Caste, Gender, Inequity, sonic equality, everyday life

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