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Caste: Its Twentieth Century Avatar

 
M.N. Srinivas (Editor)
Synopsis

The essays in this volume, each authored by an expert on the subject, include a stimulating assessment of the role of women in perpetuating caste; incisive analyses of the relationship between caste and the economy, and between caste and Hinduism; a study of the decline of the age-old Jajmani System and its effect on caste in rural India; a review of the backward class movements in Tamil Nadu since the time of the British; a commentary on the power struggle in U.P. and Bihar amongst the backward castes; a study of the change in self-perception of rural Mahars who converted to Buddhism; comments on the relevance of sociological research in judicial decision-making and the relationship between efficiency and job reservation; observations on caste amongst Muslims and Christians in India and critiques of the Mandal Commission Report and the Mandal judgement.

Contents: Introduction/M.N. Srinivas. 1. Caste and women/Leela Dube. 2. The political economy of caste/M.N. Panini. 3. Caste and Hinduism: changing protean relationship/N. Jayaram. 4. Caste in contemporary rural India/G.K. Karanth. 5. Backward class movements in Tamil Nadu/P. Radhakrishnan. 6. Backward castes and social change in UP and Bihar/Meenakshi Jain. 7. Buddhism, conversion and identity: a case study of village Mahars/Neera Burra. 8. The judicial and sociological view of other backward classes/A.M. Shah. 9. Job reservation and efficiency/A.M. Shah. 10. Mandal Commission Report: a sociological critique/P. Radhakrishnan. 11. The Mandal judgement: a brief description and critique/B. Sivaramayya. 12. Social stratification among Muslims in India/Zarina Bhatty. 13. Caste among Christians in India/J. Tharamangalam. Notes on the contributors. Index.

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About the author

M.N. Srinivas

M. N. Srinivas (1916-99), one of India's most distinguished sociologists, was the J.R.D. Tata Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, Fellow of the British Academy, and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, London. Professor Srinivas's works include The Remembered Village (OUP, 1988), Village, Caste, Gender and Method (OUP, 1997) and Indian Society through Personal Writings (OUP, 1998).

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Title Caste: Its Twentieth Century Avatar
Author M.N. Srinivas
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.05.2019
Edition Reprint.
Language: English
isbn 9780140257601
length xxxviii+306p.