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Caste, society and politics in India from the eighteenth century to the modern age

Author: Susan Bayly
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Series: New Cambridge history of India, IV, 3.
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"The phenomenon of caste has probably aroused more controversy than any other aspect of Indian life and thought. Some scholars see India's caste system as the defining feature of Indian culture, although it is dismissed by others as a colonial artefact. Susan Bayly's cogent and sophisticated analysis explores the emergence of the ideas, experiences and practices which gave rise to so-called 'caste society' over a  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Bayly
ISBN: 0521264340 9780521264341 9781139053389 1139053388 0521798426 9780521798426
OCLC Number: 39930558
Description: xi, 421 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Map 1. The break-up of the Mughal empire, c. 1766 --
Map 2. British India, 1858-1947 --
Map 3. India after Independence, 1956-1987 --
1. Historical origins of a 'caste society' --
2. The 'Brahman Raj': kings and service people c. 1700-1830 --
3. Western 'orientalists' and the colonial perception of caste --
4. Caste and the modern nation: incubus or essence? --
5. The everyday experience of caste in colonial India --
6. Caste debate and the emergence of Gandhian nationalism --
7. State policy and 'reservations': the politicisation of caste-based social welfare schemes --
8. Caste in the everyday life of independent India --
9. 'Caste wars' and the mandate of violence.
Series Title: New Cambridge history of India, IV, 3.
Responsibility: Susan Bayly.
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Adopting an historical and anthropological approach, the book seeks to account for the development and persistence of India's caste system over 350 years. Unlike many studies of the subject which  Read more...


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