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The Assembly of Listeners : Jains in Society - Michael Carrithers

The Assembly of Listeners

Jains in Society

By: Michael Carrithers (Editor), Caroline Humphrey (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 26th April 1991
ISBN: 9780521365055
Number Of Pages: 344

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The Jains have exerted an influence on Indian society and religion out of proportion with their relatively small numbers. The Assembly of Listeners: The Jains in Society is the first book to address the sociology of the Jains and to discuss the notion of the "community" based on religious affiliation in India. Topics covered include Jain ideals and identity; women in the Jains community; popular Jainism; Jain reform and Jain identity in the UK. This collection is an important theoretical addition to the studies of Indian society, which has previously focused mainly on caste and class politics as the fundamental social units. With much recent fieldwork providing unique information on the ethnography of the Jains, this study will prove indispensable to any scholar interested in this little known but highly influential social group.

From the hardback review: ' ... not just a major contribution to the anthropology of Jainism, but also, indirectly, to the anthropology of South Asia's towns and cities.' Man From the hardback review: ' ... a volume whose imaginative conception and meticulous execution cannot fail to win one's respect.' Ethnos

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Jains as a community: a position paper
Jain Ideals and Jain Identity
Jain ideals and Jain identity
Somadeva Suri and the question of Jain canon
Women and the reproduction of the Jain community
Local Jain Communities
Local Jain communities
The Jain merchant castes of Rasthan: some aspects of the management of social identity in a market town
Jain shopkeepers and moneylenders: rural informal credit networks in south Rajasthan
A study of Jains in a Rajasthan town
Jains In The Indian World
Jains in the Indian world
The Digambara Jain warrior
Is there a popular Jainism?
Fairs and miracles: at the boundaries of the Jain community in Rajasthan
New Jain Institutions In India and Beyond
New Jain institutions in India and beyond
Reform movements among jains in modern India
Orthodoxy and dissent: varieties of religious belief among immigrant Gujarati jains in Britain
The foundations of community among southern Digambar Jains: an essay on rhetoric and experience
Conclusion
Glossary and pronunciation
Select bibliography
Index.
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ISBN: 9780521365055
ISBN-10: 0521365058
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 26th April 1991
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.68