Caste in Contemporary India
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Caste is a contested terrain in India's society and polity. This book explores contemporary realities of caste in rural and urban India. Presenting rich empirical findings across north India, it presents an original perspective on the reasons for the persistence of caste in India today.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 270 pages
  • 149 x 223 x 24mm | 429.99g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • CRC Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1138822434
  • 9781138822436

About Surinder S. Jodhka

Surinder S. Jodhka is Professor of Sociology, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.show more

Table of contents

Preface. Introduction: The Idea of Caste Part 1: Hierarchies and the Politics of Citizenship 1. Pollution and Prejudice: Vestiges of Untouchability in Rural Punjab 2. Atrocities and Resistance: Dalit Assertions for Citizenship 3. Caste and Democratic Politics: A Differentiated View Part 2: Caste in the Neo-Liberal Economy 4. Dalits in Business: Self-Employed Scheduled Castes in Urban India 5. 'Caste-Blinding' and Corporate Hiring Part 3: Mobility and Mobilizations 6. Social Mobility and Quest for Autonomy: Global Contours of Ravidasi Identity 7. Battling for Dignity: Dalit Activists of Delhi. Conclusion: The Futures of Caste. Bibliography. About the Author. Indexshow more

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"Studies of caste in India were frequent and quite comprehensive in the earliest research conducted by social scientists. However, those studies were flawed and somewhat biased. Jodhka's insightful and thorough work on this important topic brings everything up to date. This is a powerful and important investigation based on solid empirical research. ... For advanced students of South Asia and educated general readers. Summing Up: Essential. Most levels/libraries." - J.J. Preston, Sonoma State University, in CHOICE, September 2015show more

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