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040 _cIIT Kanpur
041 _aeng
082 _a305.51220954
100 _aBayly, Susan
245 _aCaste, society and politics in India from the eighteenth century to the modern age
_cSusan Bayly
260 _bCambridge University Press
300 _axi, 421p
440 _aThe new Cambridge history of India
490 _a/ edited by Gordon Johnson
_v; v. iv.3
520 _aThe phenomenon of caste has probably aroused more controversy than any other aspect of Indian life and thought. Susan Bayly's cogent and sophisticated analysis explores the emergence of the ideas, experiences and practices which gave rise to the so-called 'caste society' from the pre-colonial period to the end of the twentieth century. Using an historical and anthropological approach, she frames her analysis within the context of India's dynamic economic and social order, interpreting caste not as an essence of Indian culture and civilization, but rather as a contingent and variable response to the changes that occurred in the subcontinent's political landscape through the colonial conquest. The idea of caste in relation to Western and Indian 'orientalist' thought is also explored. A wide-ranging study of caste which covers 350 years from pre-colonial period to present day and offers an historical/anthropological approach to interpretations Interdisciplinary study appealing to students of Indian history, as well as to anthropologists, colonial historians and religious studies students Very accessible and beautifully written
650 _aCaste
650 _aSocial classes
650 _aIndia
942 _cBK
999 _c565877