Delhi's Meatscapes: Muslim Butchers in a Transforming Mega-city

Monday 17 September 2018, 04:30pm - 07:00pm
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CSH External Seminar 

Monday, 17 September 2018 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

[Join us for tea and coffee at 4:30 p.m.!]

At Institut Français en Inde, Conference room (ground floor)

2, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam road, New Delhi 110017


'Delhi's Meatscapes: Muslim Butchers in a Transforming Mega-city'

by  Dr. Zarin Ahmad, CSH Associate Researcher 


About the talk:

This presentation will be based on my recently released book, Delhi’s Meatscapes, which traces the journey of meat from the farm to the meat shop and other workspaces of the butcher within the multi-sited margins of the city. The book intimately follows the lives of Qureshi butchers and other meat sector workers in a transforming mega-city. The book narrates the interlinked stories of a community: the Qureshis a commodity—meat—and a city—Delhi. It addresses the tensions that meat throws up in a bristling society whose stakes are now more than ever intense. The study focusses on the three main sites of Qureshi life (the home, abattoir and the meatshop) and explains the city’s diverse Meatscapes from the backlane to the supermarket as well as the rise of the export sector: the ‘Pink revolution’ which fetches precious foreign exchange. Qureshi butchers stand at the crossroads of class, caste, stigma, religion, market, urban ecological policies, and a never-ceasing political debate around these issues. This book brings together archival documents, vernacular sources and ethnographic insights gleaned from several years of immersion in the city’s ‘meatscapes’.

About the speaker:

Zarin Ahmad is a Delhi-based scholar trained in Political Science and South Asian Studies, and works at the intersection of urban anthropology, history and politics. 

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