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Aspects of Caste in South India, Ceylon and North-West Pakistan : Cambridge Papers in Social Anthropology - E. R. Leach

Aspects of Caste in South India, Ceylon and North-West Pakistan

Cambridge Papers in Social Anthropology

Paperback Published: 30th December 1971
ISBN: 9780521096645
Number Of Pages: 160

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When this book was originally published in paperback in 1971, one of the most hotly debated themes in Indian sociology was the meaning of the term caste. At one extreme Professor Dumont argued caste is an aspect of Hinduism that cannot be isolated from its religious matrix; on the other, certain American-trained sociologists represented the caste order as a specially rigid form of social class hierarchy. Aspects of Caste endeavoured to test these two hypotheses against the data. The first paper, by E. Kathleen Gough, describes the caste order of a village in Tanjore that corresponds closely to Dumont's ideal type. The second paper, by Michael Banks, relates to a Jaffna Tamil community in Northern Ceylon. Nur Yalman's paper describes a Buddhist Sinhalese community in Central Ceylon. Fredrik Barth's study of Swat in Northwestern Pakistan exhibits an even more divergent case. Edmund Leach's introductory essay discusses the general theoretical issues raised by these examples and their importance for an understanding of social issues in South Asia.

Contributors to this issue
Note on the spelling of caste names
Introduction: what should we mean by caste?
Caste in a Tanjore village
Caste in Jaffna Michael Banks
The flexibility of caste principles in a Kandyan community
The system of social stratification in Swat, North Pakistan
General map showing the location of Tanjore, Jaffna, 'Terutenne' and Swat
Map of Tanjore district
Sketch-map of Kumbapettai
Map of Ceylon
Kinship diagram: the Potters of Terutenne
Castes and occupations in Worejo
The organization of agricultural activities in Swat: services and renumeration
The caste composition of four Swat villages
The hierarchy of castes in Swat
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ISBN: 9780521096645
ISBN-10: 0521096642
Series: Cambridge Papers in Social Anthropology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 30th December 1971
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 0.94
Weight (kg): 0.25