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Status and sacredness : a general theory of status relations and an analysis of Indian culture

Author: Murray Milner, Jr.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
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Status and Sacredness provides a new theory of status and sacral relationships and a provocative reinterpretation of the Indian caste system and Hinduism. Milner shows how in India and many other social contexts status is a key resource, and that sacredness can be usefully understood as a special form of status. By analysing the nature of this resource Milner is able to provide powerful explanations of the key  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Milner, Murray.
Status and sacredness.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1994
(DLC) 93020052
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Murray Milner, Jr.
ISBN: 1423738896 9781423738893 0195359127 9780195359121 1280443685 9781280443688
OCLC Number: 228117353
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 336 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Theoretical Concepts --
3. A Theory of Status Relationships: Key Elements --
4. Key Features of Indian Society: What Is to Be Explained --
5. Explaining the Key Features of Caste --
6. The Social Categories of Traditional India --
7. The Articulation of Status and Material Resources: Political and Economic Legitimacy --
8. A Theory of Status Relationships: Additional Elements --
9. Cultural Codes and Rituals: I --
10. Cultural Codes and Rituals: II --
11. Status Relations in Marriage Alliances --
12. On the Nature of Sacredness --
13. The Worship of Gods --
14. Salvation and Soteriology --
5. EschatologyShow Level 16. Conclusions
Responsibility: Murray Milner, Jr.
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Milner argues against the widely held view that the caste system of India is unique. Instead he contends that caste distinctions which appear to be singular or exotic are actually similar to customs  Read more...


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An ambitious book, wide in scope, rich in empirical material, and analytically imaginative ... Status and Sacredness is valuable, I think, not so much for its substantive conclusions as for what it Read more...

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