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Caste, Social Inequality and Mobility in Rural India

Caste, Social Inequality and Mobility in Rural India
Reconceptualizing the Indian Village

First Edition

April 2019 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Caste, Social Inequality and Mobility in Rural India: Reconceptualising the Indian Village investigates and presents a holistic view of today’s rural India by analysing different social aspects such as caste, migration, mobility, education and inequalities. It further studies the village social structure comprising peasants, artisans, weavers and the middle class, and the role of education in reshaping the social life of rural people. It challenges current conceptualisation and understanding of caste as a system, caste mobility, caste–class polarity and country–town divide. This book also argues that caste as a system has ceased to exist, but caste persists discretely as a non-systemic means of appropriation for political and social ends. This interdisciplinary dynamic study reconceptualises the ‘village’ by explaining the emerging social trends and patterns of social stratification in contemporary rural India.

Foreword by Dipankar Gupta
Preface and Acknowledgements
Part I: Social Contours of Indian Village
Introducing the Indian Village
Reinterpreting Caste
Caste, Inequality and Social Mobility
Individual and Family
Part II: Glimpses of Village Economy
Peasants : A Declining Backbone of Rural Economy
Artisans: Proto-industrial Workers
Weavers: Under the Dominance of Master-Weavers
Part III: Rural Power Structure
Reflections on Indian Polity vis-à-vis Indian Village
Dynamics of Elections and Its Reflections on Rural India
Panchayati Raj Institutions and Empowerment
Part IV: Emerging Patterns of Stratification and Change
Formation of Middle Class in Rural India
Education and Social Stratification in Village India
Understanding Rural Development in India
Part V: Theoretical and Empirical Concerns in Village Studies
Subaltern Studies in the Wake of Globalization
Revisiting the Six Villages in Rajasthan After Half a Century
Conclusion: Emerging Matrix of Social Status and Change
Key features

·         Analyzes the nature and dynamics of the Indian village and discusses rural development as an inclusive phenomenon.  

·         Discusses the ‘Caste’ inequality and social mobility; explains new forms of inequality that have emerged across caste and family. Caste has been analyzed mainly as a phenomenon, and not as a system of inter-caste and intra-caste relations.

·         It argues that a new rural middle class is in making because of the policies and programs of rural development, education, continuous migration and mobility.  

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ISBN: 9789353282011