Caste, Hierarchy, and Individualism: Indian Critiques of Louis Dumonts Contributions

Paperback | July 1, 2009

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This volume in the OIRSSA series is a well-rounded and rigourous analysis of the study of caste and hierarchy in India. The essays herein are a contextualized sociological appraisal of the work of Louis Dumont. They constitute Indian responses to Dumont's path breaking work Homo Hierarchicus,and discuss the logic, application and problems associated with his influential structural and comparative method in sociology. The essays in Section I provide the reader with accessible summaries and overviews of Dumont's work. Section II is a critical appraisal of aspects of his works, whileSection III reflects the general shift in Indian sociology and social anthropology towards postcolonial debates and discourses. The final section includes excerpts from Dumont's own writings, along with comments on the issues of method, theory, and analysis.With contributions from important scholars of Indian sociology and anthropology, the reader is the second volume after Social Stratification (in the series) to look at the issue of caste. This high profile volume will feed into courses on Indian sociology across universities and be of particularinterest to students of sociology and social anthropology in post graduate and M.Phil level courses, in addition to other scholars of caste and political sociology.

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This volume in the OIRSSA series is a well-rounded and rigourous analysis of the study of caste and hierarchy in India. The essays herein are a contextualized sociological appraisal of the work of Louis Dumont. They constitute Indian responses to Dumont's path breaking work Homo Hierarchicus,and discuss the logic, application and probl...

R.S. Khare is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, USA.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.01 inPublished:July 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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T.N. Madan: ForewordPrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroduction: Value, Oppositions and Hierarchy: Indian Discussions of Louis Dumont's WorkSection I: Overviews and Reviews1. T.N. Madan: Louis Dumont and the Study of Society in India2. R.S. Khare: A Theory of 'Pure' Hierarchy3. Veena Das and J.P.S. Uberoi: Elementary Structure of Caste4. T.N. Madan: The Comparison of Civilizatations: Louis Dumont on India and the WestSection II: Different Evaluations5. M.N. Srinivas: Some Reflections on the Nature of Caste Hierarchy6. Andre Beteille: On Individualism and Equality: Reply to Louis Dumont7. Dipankar Gupta: Continous Hierarchies and Discrete Castes8. Dipankar Gupta: Imagination against Typification9. Arun Bose: Indo-Hierarchy Theory10. Arun Bose: Louis Dumont on Individualism11. Sudipta Kaviraj: Indo-centric Theories in the Marxist Framework12. Patricia Uberoi: Hierarchy and Marriage Alliance in Indian KinshipSection III: Post-colonial Commentaries13. Partha Chatterjee: An Immanent Critique of Caste14. Arjun Appadurai: 'Is Homo Hierarchicus?'15. Veena Das: The Anthropological Discourse on India: Reason and Its Other16. R.S. Khare: Dumontian Sociology and Since: Challenges Facing South Asian AnthropologySection IV: Dumont in His Own Words17. Louis Dumont: Change, Interaction, and Comparison18. Louis Dumont: On Individualism and Equality19. Christian Delacampagne: Louis Dumont and the Indian Mirror20. Jean-Claude Galey: A Conversation with Louis DumontEpilogueReferencesIndexContributors