Structure of Hindu Society

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Orient Blackswan, Jan 1, 1994 - 110 pages
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This book appears in English translation more than a quarter of a century after its first appearance in Bengali. The lucid and scholarly translation from the original Bangla Hindu Samajer Goran has been done by Andre Beteille. Prof. Beteille s introduction analyses the qualities of Bose s mind and work, especially as illustrated in this book and his preface to this revised edition enriches this valuable study. The author has undertaken an ambitious task in which he has attempted to identify the organising principles of Hindu society, the factors which ensured its continuity for centuries, and the forces by which it is ultimately weakened. This book is impressive in its design. It brings together, within a single framework, approaches which are ordinarily practised separately by ethnographers, Indologists and social historians.
  

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Contents

Andre Beteille
1
A Note on The Translation
22
Some Forest Dwelling Communities
29
An Account of the Mundas
41
The Spread of Brahminical Influence
57
The Kolus or Telis
73
The Establishment of Aryan Society in India
87
The Nature of Aryan Culture in India
96
The Nature of India
102
The Ancient History of Caste
117
History of the Middle Ages
130
Trends of Change During British Rule
140
The Present Position of the Caste System
149
Social Movements among Various Castes
156
The Hindu Method of Tribal Absorption
168
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