Social Formations of Early South India

Paperback | September 15, 2012

byRajan Gurukkal

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This book presents an incisive analysis of social formations in present-day Tamil Nadu and Kerala from pre-historic times to early medieval period. It examines the transformation from agro-pastoral to agrarian social formation by exploring areas like economy, technology, and historicalprocesses of state formation. The volume specially focuses on the transition from clan and lineage to hereditary occupations of caste, and the social implications of the spread of writing. It also discusses the structural and institutional features of the new social formation. The Introductionprovides a conceptual backdrop to the term 'social formation' and reviews the major debates surrounding social change in south India.This book will be of considerable interest to students, scholars, and teachers of ancient and medieval history, archaeology, and sociology, particularly those concerned with south India.

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This book presents an incisive analysis of social formations in present-day Tamil Nadu and Kerala from pre-historic times to early medieval period. It examines the transformation from agro-pastoral to agrarian social formation by exploring areas like economy, technology, and historicalprocesses of state formation. The volume specially ...

Rajan Gurukkal is the Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala. Previously, he served as Professor and Director, School of Social Sciences, at the same university.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.07 inPublished:September 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198089392

ISBN - 13:9780198089391

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroduction: Conceptual PreliminariesSection I: Historiography and Method1. Early Social Formations: A Historiographic Review2. The Course of Social Historiography of Kerala3. Semiotics of Ancient Tamil Poetics: A Methodological ConsiderationSection II: Early Social Formations4. Prehistoric Life in the Southern Western Ghats: Interpreting Rock-art5. Tribes, Forest, and Social Formation in Early South India6. Forms of Production and Forces of Change in Ancient Tamil Society7. Early Iron Age Economy: Problems of Agrarian Expansion in Tamilakam8. Writing, Literacy, and Social Formations in the Tamil South9. Towards a New Discourse: Discursive Processes in Early South IndiaSection III: Social Transformations10. Social Formation from the Ancient to Early Medieval11. Historical Antecedents of the State Formation in the Deep South12. Aspects of Great Transformation in Ancient Kerala13. From Clan and Lineage to Hereditary Occupations and Caste14. Spread of Writing in the Tamil South and Its Social ImplicationsSection IV: The New Social Formation15. Temples as Sites of the New Social Formation16. The Formation of Caste Society in Kerala: Historical Antecedents17. Aspects of the Reservoir System of Irrigation in the Panya CountryIndex