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    Caste, Society and Politics in India from the Eighteenth Century to the Modern Age (New Cambridge History of India) (Paperback) By (author) Susan Bayly, Series edited by Gordon Johnson, Series edited by C. a. Bayly, Series edited by John F. Richards

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    DescriptionThe phenomenon of caste has probably aroused more controversy than any other aspect of Indian life and thought. Susan Bayly's cogent and sophisticated analysis explores the emergence of the ideas, experiences and practices which gave rise to the so-called 'caste society' from the pre-colonial period to the end of the twentieth century. Using an historical and anthropological approach, she frames her analysis within the context of India's dynamic economic and social order, interpreting caste not as an essence of Indian culture and civilization, but rather as a contingent and variable response to the changes that occurred in the subcontinent's political landscape through the colonial conquest. The idea of caste in relation to Western and Indian 'orientalist' thought is also explored.


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    Title
    Caste, Society and Politics in India from the Eighteenth Century to the Modern Age
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Susan Bayly, Series edited by Gordon Johnson, Series edited by C. a. Bayly, Series edited by John F. Richards
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 444
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 650 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521798426
    ISBN 10: 0521798426
    Classifications

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    Edition statement
    Revised.
    Illustrations note
    12 b/w illus. 3 maps
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    30 November 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    'The book is extraordinary in the diversity of themes that it handles and the chronological span it covers. ... What emerges is an extraordinarily nuanced understanding of caste that satisfies the historian and provokes the social anthropologist.' Dr Seema Alavi, The Book Review 'Susan Bayley deserves praise for attempting to explain how caste in India has come to mean what it does today. Her analysis covers almost the entire Indian subcontinent, something which today is a rarity, given the current trend of ever more narrowly focused studies.' The Journal of Peasant Studies
    Table of contents
    Introduction; 1. Historical origins of a 'caste society'; 2. The 'Brahman Raj': kings and service people, c. 1700-1830; 3. Western 'Orientalists and the Colonial perception of caste'; 4. Caste and the modern nation: incubus or essence; 5. The everyday experience of caste in Colonial India; 6. Caste debate and the emergence of Gandhian Nationalism; 7. State policy and 'reservations': the politicization of caste-based social welfare goals; 8. Caste in the everyday life of Independent India; 9. 'Caste wars' and the mandate of violence; Conclusion.