Caste in History

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EditorIshita Banerjee-dube

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This volume, a part of the prestigious Themes in Indian History series, brings together the work of distinguished scholars on the analyzing caste and related socio-cultural processes. There are anthropological and ethnological collections on the issue of caste but this volume through acollection of seminal essays brings together the much-needed historical perspective on the issue. A comprehensive introduction sets the tone for the consideration of the questions of caste. Beginning with the period of the coming of the Portuguese to India, the collection of essays considers caste in medieval and modern times. It brings together the ethno-sociological categories of study such asthe census and village-community with the political and the historical-colonialism, nationality, and state-formation. The question is approached from both the macro-perspective considering prominent leaders, the national movement, and British imperialism as well as through micro-studies ofspecific communities and their practices. These wide-ranging topics are divided in four subsequent sections- Caste and Colonialism, Caste in Practice, Caste and Politics, and Caste in Everyday Life - the questions are considered from these various dimensions. Eminent contributors like Bernard Cohn,Frank Conlon, Eleanor Zelliot, Shail Mayaram, Shekhar Bandopadhyay's works feature in this volume along with several other equally incisive and readable essays. This volume will be indispensable for any collection or consideration related to the issue of caste.

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This volume, a part of the prestigious Themes in Indian History series, brings together the work of distinguished scholars on the analyzing caste and related socio-cultural processes. There are anthropological and ethnological collections on the issue of caste but this volume through acollection of seminal essays brings together the m...

Ishita Banerjee-Dube is Associate Professor at the Centre for Asian and African Studies at El Ciolegio de Mexico.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:350 pagesPublished:May 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Ishita Banerjee-Dube: Introduction: Questions of CastePart I: Caste and Colonialism1. Patrick A. Roche: Caste and the British Merchant Government, 1639-17492. Bernard S. Cohn: The Census, Social Stratification and Objectification in South AsiaExcerpt from Caste and British Rule by G. S. Ghurye3. Padmanabh Samarendra: Between Number and Knowledge: Career of Caste in Colonial CensusExcerpt from From Village to Community by Richard Saumarez SmithExcerpt from Caste and Nationality by H. H. RisleyPart II: Caste in Practice4. Frank F. Conlon: The Birth of a JatiExcerpt from The Northern Nadars of Tamil Nadu by Denis Templeman5. Raymond Lee Owens and Ashis Nandy: Dimensions of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Caste Differences in Entrepreneurial Style6. Shail Mayaram: The Shudra Right to Rule: Caste, Clan, Community and State7. Kalpana Ram: The Mukkuvars of Kanyakumari: On the Margins of Caste SocietyPart III: Caste and Politics8. Anand Pandian: Securing the Rural Citizen: The Anti Kallar Movement of 18969. Rosalind O'Hanlon: Phule and the Inversion of Brahman Myths10. Sekhar Bandyopadhyay: Social Mobility in Colonial Bengal: The Namasudras11. Eleanor Zelliot: Gandhi and Ambedkar: A Study in LeadershipExcerpt from Rise of Dalits and the Renewed Debate on Caste by Rajni Kothari12. Ashutosh Varshney: Is India Becoming More Democratic?Part IV: Caste in Everyday Life13. Josian Racine and Jean-Luc Racine: Higher Castes and Lower Castes in Karani, Viramma14. Vasant Moon: Religious Hymns15. Kancha Ilaiah: Childhood FormationsExcerpt from The Ex-Untouchables of Post-Independence Punjaby by Mark Juergensmeyer16. Saurabh Dube: Authority and Discrimination in Everyday Life