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Castes of mind : colonialism and the making of modern India

Author: Nicholas B Dirks
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This volume traces the caste system from the medieval kingdoms of southern India through early colonial archives to the 20th century. It surveys the rise of caste politics and how caste-based movements have threatened nationalist consensus.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas B Dirks
ISBN: 0691088942 9780691088945 0691088950 9780691088952
OCLC Number: 45958332
Description: xiii, 372 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The "invention" of caste. Introduction: The modernity of cast --
Homo hierarchicus: the origins of an idea --
The ethnographic state --
pt. 2. Colonization of the archive. The original caste: social identity in the Old Regime --
The textualization of tradition: biography of an archive --
The imperial archive: colonial knowledge and colonial rule --
pt. 3. The ethnographic state. The conversion of caste --
The policing of tradition: colonial anthropology and the invention of custom --
The body of caste: anthropology and the criminalization of caste --
The enumeration of caste: anthropology as colonial rule --
pt. 4. Recasting India: caste, community, and politics. Toward a nationalist sociology of India: nationalism and Brahmanism --
The reformation of caste: Periyar, Ambedkar, and Gandhi --
Caste politics and the politics of caste --
Conclusion: Caste and the postcolonial predicament --
Coda: The burden of the past: on colonialism and the writing of history.
Responsibility: Nicholas B. Dirks.
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