The Interpretation of Caste


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This book provides a radical alternative to prevailing theories of caste which either build on indigenous rationalizations of the Brahman's supremacy or reduce hierarchy to material factors. Drawing on a wide range of historical and ethnographic sources as well as four years' fieldwork, Declan Quigley proposes a comparative approach which locates caste-organized communities in the context of complex agrarian societies generally. At the heart of caste, he argues, there is a tension between the centralizing forces of kingship ...

The Interpretation of Caste 1995, Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN-13: 9780198280279

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The Interpretation of Caste 1993, Oxford University Press, USA, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780198278825