Caste, Society and Politics in India from the Eighteenth Century to the Modern Age

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 22, 2001 - History - 421 pages
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The phenomenon of caste has probably aroused more controversy than any other aspect of Indian life. This volume explores the emergence of ideas and practices which gave rise to the so-called 'caste-society'. Using an historical and anthropological approach, the author frames her analysis in the context of India's economic and social order, interpreting caste as a contingent and variable response to changes in India's political landscape through the colonial conquest. The book's wide-ranging analysis offers one of the most powerful statements ever written on caste in South Asia.
 

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Fantastic overview discussion with primary sources of the Caste system and its interpretation over the ages.

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Bayly, in her desperation, to blame the British Raj for all the ills of pre-independence India, rides rough-shod over the historical evidence, seemingly to match her pre-conceptions with a strange brand of odd and somewhat suspect ideology.
What's worse is she condemns generations of students who look to Wikipedia for the historical record only to discover this same author edits these articles citing her own work as source material!
Not worth the paper its printed on, avoid.
 

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Contents

Historical origins of a caste society
25
kings and service people c 17001830
64
Western orientalists and the colonial perception of caste
97
incubus or essence?
144
The everyday experience of caste in colonial India
187
Caste debate and the emergence of Gandhian nationalism
233
the politicisation of
266
Caste in the everyday life of independent India
306
Caste wars and the mandate of violence
342
Conclusion
365
Glossary
383
Index
413
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