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The View from Below

Kanakalatha Mukund (Author)
Synopsis How did the British colonial administration view the Tamil natives? How did the natives, in turn, view the colonial power brokers? Underscoring a transactional rather than one-way reality of colonial politics, the View from Below is a balancing act of scholarship, Kanakalatha Mukund considers the 'attitudes' and ‘responses’ as dialogic, whereby the colonial state and indigenous society are locked in a fierce but subtle combat for attention and dominance in the Madras region. The Tamil institution upon which Mukund focuses her study for the most part is the temple. Moving further on from this politically crucial and socially focal site, the study covers a number of other related phenomena: the staging of sectarian and caste conflicts aimed to seize the control of the temples; the new social leadership and patterns of patronage; the construction of identity by aspiring elite groups of both parties; and the folk representations of Poligar rebellions. This book will be valuable to historians, anthropologists and specialists on South India, and those interested in the history of Madras.
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About the author

Kanakalatha Mukund

Kanakalatha Mukund is an economic historian, with a special interest in pre-industrial economic organization and social relation. She has taught at the Universities of Bombay and Bhopal. Till recently she was Fellow, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad. Mukund is the author of The Trading World of the Tamil Merchant: Evolution of Merchant Capitalism in the Coromandel and the co-author of Traditional Industry in the New Market Economy: The Cotton Handlooms of Andhra Pradesh.

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Title The View from Below
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8125028005
length xviii+206p., Map; Abbreviations; Appendices; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.