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Alchemies of Violence: Myths of Identity and the Life of Trade in Western India

 
Lawrence A. Babb (Author)
Synopsis This book deals with three interrelated themes: the nature of India's caste system; the special character and specific place of trading castes in Indian society; and the role of myth as a repository of socially important knowledge. A unique feature of this book is that it is based mainly on the literature published by caste and religious associations supplemented by oral material. Proposing a novel theory of the role of violence, non-violence and ritual symbolism, this book also provides fresh insights into the fashioning of caste identity. It will be welcomed by sociologists and anthropologists, and particularly those studying caste, society, myth and religion in South Asia.
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About the author

Lawrence A. Babb

Lawrence A. Babb is Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts.  He has done field research in central, northern, and western India on both Hindu and Jain communities.  His most recent book is Alchemies of Violence: Myths of Identity and the Life of Trade in Western India (2004).

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Title Alchemies of Violence: Myths of Identity and the Life of Trade in Western India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0761932232
length 254p., Figures; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.