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Caste and Race in India

Fifth Edition
  • G. S. Ghurye - Late of Professor Emeritus, University of Mumbai

© 2016 | 276 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Caste is perhaps the most dominant aspect of Indian society and its study is incomplete without getting into the ramifications of the Hindu caste system. Caste and Race in India, since its first publication in the History of Civilization series, edited by C. K. Ogden in 1932, has remained a basic work for students of Indian sociology and anthropology. Over the years, this book has been highly acclaimed by teachers and reviewers alike, as a sociological classic.

The present edition, an expanded version with five new chapters, elaborates on the evolution of sub-castes, and examines caste, sub-caste and kinship. It also presents a provocative and thorough analysis of the relationship between caste and politics by drawing examples from Tamil Nadu as experienced over the years. The concluding chapter is an incisive analysis of Indian society—the author apprehends that India will develop into a plural society and not a casteless one, which was the dream of the architects of her Constitution.

Key Feature

• Focuses principally on caste

• Elaborates on the evolution of sub-castes, and examines caste, sub-caste and kinship.

• A provocative and thorough analysis of the relationship between caste and politics by drawing examples from Tamil Nadu as experienced over the years

• Caste—whatever it actually is at any given time—is always the momentary outcome of a structured constellation of historical processes.

 
Preface
 
Features of the Caste System
 
Nature of Caste-Groups
 
Caste Through the Ages—I
 
Caste Through the Ages—II
 
Race and Caste
 
Elements of Caste Outside India
 
Origins of the Caste System
 
Caste, Sub-Caste: Fusion or Fission?
 
Caste, Sub-Caste and Kin
 
Caste During the British Rule
 
The Scheduled Castes
 
Caste and Politics: General
 
Caste and Politics in Tamil Nadu
 
A Casteless Society or a Plural Society?
 
Appendices A to G
 
Bibliography
 
Index
Key features

Caste is perhaps the most dominant aspect of Indian society and its study is incomplete without getting into the ramifications of the Hindu caste system. Caste and Race in India, since its first publication in the History of Civilization series, edited by C. K. Ogden in 1932, has remained a basic work for students of Indian sociology and anthropology. Over the years, this book has been highly acclaimed by teachers and reviewers alike, as a sociological classic.

The present edition, an expanded version with five new chapters, elaborates on the evolution of sub-castes, and examines caste, sub-caste and kinship. It also presents a provocative and thorough analysis of the relationship between caste and politics by drawing examples from Tamil Nadu as experienced over the years. The concluding chapter is an incisive analysis of Indian society—the author apprehends that India will develop into a plural society and not a casteless one, which was the dream of the architects of her Constitution.

Key Feature

• Focuses principally on caste

• Elaborates on the evolution of sub-castes, and examines caste, sub-caste and kinship.

• A provocative and thorough analysis of the relationship between caste and politics by drawing examples from Tamil Nadu as experienced over the years

• Caste—whatever it actually is at any given time—is always the momentary outcome of a structured constellation of historical processes.

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