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Caste, Society and Politics in India from the Eighteenth Century to the Modern Age : The New Cambridge History of India - Susan Bayly

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

The New Cambridge History of India

Hardcover Published: 30th November 2008
ISBN: 9780521264341
Number Of Pages: 444

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The 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.

'The book is extraordinary in the diversity of themes that it handles and the chronological span it covers. ... What emerges is an extraordinarily nuanced understanding of caste that satisfies the historian and provokes the social anthropologist.' Dr Seema Alavi, The Book Review 'Susan Bayley deserves praise for attempting to explain how caste in India has come to mean what it does today. Her analysis covers almost the entire Indian subcontinent, something which today is a rarity, given the current trend of ever more narrowly focused studies.' The Journal of Peasant Studies

Historical origins of a 'caste society'
The 'Brahman Raj': kings and service people, c. 1700'"1830
Western 'Orientalists and the Colonial perception of caste'
Caste and the modern nation: incubus or essence
The everyday experience of caste in Colonial India
Caste debate and the emergence of Gandhian Nationalism
State policy and 'reservations': the politicization of caste-based social welfare goals
Caste in the everyday life of Independent India
'Caste wars' and the mandate of violence
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ISBN: 9780521264341
ISBN-10: 0521264340
Series: The New Cambridge History of India : Book 4
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 444
Published: 30th November 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.77