Caste Ideology and Interaction

Caste Ideology and Interaction

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Following the publication of the book by E. R. Leach, ed., Aspects of Caste in South India, Ceylon and North-West Pakistan (1960), much additional information was gathered on caste hierarchies in South Asia, and two major attempts were made to identify the underlying unity of this material - a structuralist one by Louis Dumont and a ethnosocialogical one by McKim Marriott et al. This quest for unity seemed attractive, yet at the same time, as the contributions to the present volume indicate, premature. The four papers collected here and published in 1982 are all concerned with caste ideology and caste interaction in different locales of South Asia.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139244892
  • 9781139244893

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Introduction Dennis B. McGilvray; 1. Caste conundrums: Views of caste in a Sinhalese Catholic fishing village R. L. Stirrat; 2. Mukkuvar vannimai: Tamil caste and matriclan ideology in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka Dennis B. McGilvray; 3. Caste rank and verbal interaction in western Tamilnadu Stephen C. Levinson; 4. Caste and politics in India since 1947 Geoffrey Hawthorn.
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