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Fierce Gods : Inequality, Ritual, and the Politics of Dignity in a South Indian Village

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In a move still unusual in anthropology, Mines examines relations of power by providing perspectives from a variety of people who are differently, and differentially, empowered.... These points are made with an extraordinary richness of ethnographic detail." -Sara DickeyWith the publication of books of this quality the anthropological turn to practice theory announced in 1968 by Sherry Ortner comes to maturity. Intelligent, clear, humane and often gripping, this book will be of interest to readers who care about place and politics in the United States as well as those interested in South Asia." - Anthony Carter, Deparment of Anthropology, University of RochesterThe importance of temple ritual in constituting political dominance in South India has been well documented. In this vivid and compelling study of caste and ritual in rural Tamilnadu, Diane P. Mines focuses not only on the temples of the socially powerful, but even more so on the powerful temples of the socially weak. Drawing on phenomenological and existential anthropology, she argues that the village is a heterogeneous reality made and remade by its residents through their own activity. Exploring the intersection of politics, ritual, caste, and other forms of social inequality, this ethnography presents a new view of the village and argues for its reemergence as a unit of analysis.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 149.9 x 231.1 x 20.3mm | 453.6g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 22 b&w photos, 3 figures, 2 maps, 1 bibliog., 1 index
  • 0253217652
  • 9780253217653
  • 918,884

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. . . [An] engaging text that is accessible to scholars at all levels. * Religious Studies Review *show more

About Diane P. Mines

Diane P. Mines is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Appalachian State University and co-editor of Everyday Life in South Asia (IUP, 2002).show more

Table of contents

ContentsAcknowledgmentsNote on Transliteration1. IntroductionPart I. Dominance in the Making2. Who Is the ?r?3. The Ash Theft4. Making Social Distinctions5. Habit, History, and Thevar DominancePart II. Remaking the Village6. Gods of Yanaimangalam7. Making Good at Kotai Festivals9. Hindu Nationalism and Dalit Reform: Two Responses to Thevar Domination10. ConclusionGlossaryNotesReferences CitedIndexshow more

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