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CASTE AND CLASS IN INDIA

Edited by K.L. Sharma

Caste and class as topics of research may cover almost entire gamut of sociological inquiry. The book, Caste and Class in India, is an outcome of a very well organized and academically fruitful exercise under the auspices of the TDSS, Pune. The papers included in the volume, covering nine states, highlight the complex dynamics of the nexus between caste and class. Caste as seen from the class point of view and class as seen from the caste point of view make it explicit that the two inhere each other historically as well as in contemporary India as inseparable aspects of India’s social formation. However, the dynamics of the nexus have varied from region to region. This is how West Bengal presents a different scenario compared to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. What is today in the form of casteism in Bihar is not found elsewhere in the country.

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Caste and class as topics of research may cover almost entire gamut of sociological inquiry. The book, Caste and Class in India, is an outcome of a very well organized and academically fruitful exercise under the auspices of the TDSS, Pune. The papers included in the volume, covering nine states, highlight the complex dynamics of the nexus between caste and class. Caste as seen from the class point of view and class as seen from the caste point of view make it explicit that the two inhere each other historically as well as in contemporary India as inseparable aspects of India’s social formation. However, the dynamics of the nexus have varied from region to region. This is how West Bengal presents a different scenario compared to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. What is today in the form of casteism in Bihar is not found elsewhere in the country. Rajasthan, despite its feudal legacy, has witnessed remarkable socio-economic and political changes in the post-independence period, and this is much less evident in the case of Bihar or Uttar Pradesh. A lot of anti-Brahmin movements in the southern states and Maharashtra before independence created a great deal of socio-political awakening among the masses. The movements organized by the left parties after 1947 have further added to the persisting anti-Brahmin and anti-landlord thinking among the dalits. Despite all these antithetical tendencies, caste persists, and in some cases even the upper caste leaders of the left parties have been found as the biggest landlords in Kerala and some other parts of India. Caste seems to have its decline and revival at the same time, and this is possible because caste is appropriated by a select group of people to their economic and political advantages. The volume highlights on these and several other aspects of caste-class and class-caste nexus from historical as well as contemporary perspective. It would help teachers, researchers, students and policy-makers immensely by providing a panoramic view of the interpenetrating but not mutually reducible phenomenon of caste and class in India.
CONTENTS
• Caste, Class and Politics in Colonical Bengal: A Case Study of the Namasudra Movement of 1872–1937 / Sekhar Bandyopadhyay
• Caste and Power in West Bengal / Ranabir Samaddar
• Caste-Class Situation in Rural West Bengal / Srijnan Halder
• Caste, Class and Landholding in the Analysis of Technology and Agricultural Production in Bihar / Shaibal Gupta
• The Orissan Society: Past Trends and Present Manifestations / Bhairabi Prasad Sahu
• Caste and Kulaks in Eastern India: A Comparison of Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal / Anjan Ghosh
• Kanshi Ram and the Bahujan Samaj Party / Gail Omvedt
• Caste, Land and Political Power in Uttar Pradesh / Imtiaz Ahmad and N.C. Saxena
• Feudalism, Caste and Class in Rajasthan / K.L. Sharma
• Caste Sentiments, Class Formation and Dominance in Gujarat / Ghanshyam Shah
• Caste and Class in Maharashtra / Rajaendra Vora and Suhas Palshikar
• Agrarian Tensions in Rural Marathwada: A Case of the Shiv Sena / Surendra Jondhale
• Growth, Inequities and Tensions: A Case Study of Sangli District, Maharashtra / S.P. Punalekar
• Caste, Class and Politics in the Tanneries of Kolhapur / Gopal Guru
• Caste and Land in Colonial South India / A. Nagaraja Naidu
• Caste and Class in Rural Andhra: A Historical Perspective / A. Satyanarayana
• The Formation of Caste Society in Kerala: Historical Antecedents / Rajan Gurukkal
• Caste-Class Situation in India / A.B. Bardhan
• Caste, Class and Social Consciousness: Reflections on Contemporary Indian Situation / Javeed Alam

Edition

2012 Paperback

ISBN

9788170334811

Pages

500

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