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In the City, Out of PlaceNuisance, Pollution, and Dwelling in Delhi, c. 1850-2000$
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Awadhendra Sharan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198097297

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198097297.001.0001

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Nuisance and Offensive Trades

Nuisance and Offensive Trades

Animal Slaughter and Meat, 1845–1943

(p.70) Chapter Two Nuisance and Offensive Trades
In the City, Out of Place

Awadhendra Sharan

Oxford University Press

The location of the slaughterhouse, and the travel of meat in the city, is the subject matter of this chapter. Modern slaughtering was simultaneously about discretion—hiding it from children and the impressionable—and transparency, making it visible for municipal licensing, taxation, and control. In Delhi, an additional feature was the relations between Hindus and Muslims and the efforts of the colonial state to manage this relationship in an ‘even handed’ manner. This related both to the design of the slaughterhouse and the sale of meat. The question was also of sanitary practice, requiring attention to the details of the design of the slaughterhouse and serial production, responding to functionalist priorities that stressed technique over ritual. These intertwined concerns—sanitary and religious—made the regulation of slaughtering an especially complex task, often inviting protests from different segments of the residents of the city.

Keywords:   meat, slaughter, colonial state, slaughterhouse design, municipal licensing

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