Interrogating Caste - Understanding Hierarchy and Difference in Indian society

Interrogating Caste - Understanding Hierarchy and Difference in Indian society (English, Paperback, Gupta Dipankar)

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Interrogating Caste - Understanding Hierarchy and Difference in Indian society  (English, Paperback, Gupta Dipankar)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Genre: Social Science
  • ISBN: 9780140297065, 0140297065
  • Edition: 2000
  • Pages: 312
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    The caste system has conventionally been perceived by scholars as a hierarchy based on the binary opposition of purity and pollution. Challenging this position, leading sociologist Dipankar Gupta argues that any notion of a fixed hierarchy is arbitrary and valid only from the perspective of the individual castes. The idea of difference, and not hierarchy, determines the tendency of each caste to keep alive its discrete nature and this is also seen to be true of the various castes which occupy the same rank in the hierarchy. It is, in fact, the mechanics of power, both economic and political, that set the ground rules for caste behaviour, which also explains how traditionally opposed caste groups find it possible to align in the contemporary political scenario. With the help of empirical evidence from states like Bihar, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, the author illustrates how any presumed correlations between caste loyalties and voting patterns are in reality quite invalid. Provocative and finely argued, Interrogating Caste is a remarkable work that de-exoticizes the caste system and provides fresh insight into caste as a social, political and economic reality.

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    • Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication Year
    • 2000 October
    Dimensions
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    • 5.91 inch
    Height
    • 198 mm
    Length
    • 129 mm
    Weight
    • 381 g
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    However, it is 10 years old but relevant even today..may be some updation required...I would like to recommend to those people who are doing research on Indian Castes, its origin & its impact in different states/regions in context of political or societal level...
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