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The Grammar of Caste: Economic Discrimination in Contemporary India

Ashwani Deshpande

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198072034
eISBN:
9780199081028
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072034.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

This book examines the contemporary nature of caste disparities in India by using a framework that integrates discussions on caste from other social science disciplines with those from within ... More


An Economic Rationale for the Hindu Social System

Deepak Lal

in The Hindu Equilibrium: India c.1500 B.C. - 2000 A.D.

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199275793
eISBN:
9780191706097
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275793.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter sketches an economic theory which might be able to explain both the origins and the resilience of the Hindu social system as expressed in its twin pillars: the caste system and the ... More


The Salience of National Identity

Michael Hechter

in Containing Nationalism

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199247516
eISBN:
9780191599460
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019924751X.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

One important source of national identity lies in hierarchical and segmental cultural divisions of labour. These provide a social base for nationalism among territorially concentrated groups. Some ... More


Hindu India

Deepak Lal

in The Hindu Equilibrium: India c.1500 B.C. - 2000 A.D.

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199275793
eISBN:
9780191706097
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275793.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter outlines the historical evolution of the caste system as well as its major features. It then examines its probable rationale, continuing relevance, and possible economic effects. It ... More


The Hindu Equilibrium: India c.1500 B.C. - 2000 A.D.

Deepak Lal

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199275793
eISBN:
9780191706097
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275793.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Religion

India is an emerging giant. This book explains its long economic stagnation and recent rise by examining its social, political, and historical evolution with a long-term perspective. It explains how ... More


Roadblocks at the High End: The Role of Caste in Postuniversity Employment

Katherine S. Newman and Ashwini Deshpande

in Discrimination in an Unequal World

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199732166
eISBN:
9780199866144
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732166.003.0010
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

This chapter examines the ways in which caste in India shapes the experience of students in elite universities. It traces the differential pathways that Dalit and non-Dalit students, from comparable, ... More


Colonialism and Colonial Consciousness *

S.N. Balagangadhara

in Reconceptualizing India Studies

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198082965
eISBN:
9780199081936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198082965.003.0005
Subject:
History, Historiography

This chapter argues that a colonial consciousness pervades both colonial and modern descriptions of India. Through an interdisciplinary survey of descriptions of India as a corrupt, immoral and ... More


Classes and Property Inequality in Gokilapuram

V. K. Ramachandran (ed.)

in Wage Labour and Unfreedom in Agriculture: An Indian Case Study

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198286479
eISBN:
9780191684524
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198286479.003.0003
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

This chapter examines the socio-economic classes of households in Gokilapuram and their relative position in the system of ownership of land and other assets. It also examines work-participation ... More


Contradictory Lives: Baul Women in India and Bangladesh

Lisa I. Knight

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199773541
eISBN:
9780199897353
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773541.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In the popular imagination, Bauls in West Bengal (India) and Bangladesh are depicted as a sect of musical mendicants with flowing hair clad in ocher-colored clothes and carrying a one-stringed ... More


Caste Systems and Technology in Premodern Societies

Elena Esposito

Matteo Cervellati and Uwe Sunde (eds)

in Demographic Change and Long-Run Development

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780262036627
eISBN:
9780262341660
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262036627.003.0011
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter sheds new light on the effects of social institutions on long-run development. In particular, it explores the impact of caste systems during the early phases of economic and demographic ... More


Reforming Jim Crow: Southern Politics and State in the Age Before Brown

Kimberley Johnson

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195387421
eISBN:
9780199776771
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387421.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Historians of the Civil Rights era typically treat the key events of the 1950s Brown v. Board of Education — sit-ins, bus boycotts, and marches — as contributing toward a revolutionary social ... More


Introduction

S.N. Balagangadhara

in Reconceptualizing India Studies

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198082965
eISBN:
9780199081936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198082965.003.0001
Subject:
History, Historiography

This chapter introduces the theme of the book through a question: What can India offer to the world of today and tomorrow? It explains how and why formulating an answer to this question is important ... More


Conclusion

S.N. Balagangadhara

in Reconceptualizing India Studies

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198082965
eISBN:
9780199081936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198082965.003.0010
Subject:
History, Historiography

The book concludes with an address to the contemporary generations of Indians, both in India and in the diaspora. It argues that, so far, Indians have taken over the European descriptions of their ... More


The Ideology of Gandhi: A Mass Fantasy

RUMINA SETHI

in Myths of the Nation: National Identity and Literary Representation

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183396
eISBN:
9780191674020
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183396.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter examines Gandhi's veneration of village communities, the significance of his fasts and the Salt March, his treatment of the caste system, and his contradictions and inconsistencies as a ... More


Varṇa

Arvind Sharma

in Classical Hindu Thought: An Introduction

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195658712
eISBN:
9780199082018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658712.003.0019
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The existing discussions of the Hindu social order have fallen victim to a stereotype. According to this stereotype, Hindu society is divided into watertight compartments to which one belongs by ... More


Caste in Modern India

Ramin Jahanbegloo

in India Revisited: Conversations on Continuity and Change

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195689440
eISBN:
9780199080342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195689440.003.0010
Subject:
Political Science, Indian Politics

In this interview, D.L. Sheth discusses caste in modern India. A central feature of the country, caste has indexed the country as fundamentally different from social classes in other places. Due to ... More


The Caste System (<i>Varṇa, Jāti</i>) and Human Rights

Arvind Sharma

in Hinduism and Human Rights: A Conceptual Approach

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195665857
eISBN:
9780199082025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195665857.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter shows how the caste system can be brought into relationship with human rights through the twin concepts of varṇa and jāti. The concept of varṇa can be viewed as a system of balancing ... More


Development, Patriarchy, and Politics: Indian Women in the Political Process, 1947–1992

Leela Kasturi

in Patriarchy and Development: Women's Positions at the End of the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198290230
eISBN:
9780191684807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198290230.003.0006
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

Although the development of women in India entails, like that of other countries, national development, it is however important to realize that there are significant differences between the problems ... More


Caste

George H. Gadbois, Jr

in Judges of the Supreme Court of India: 1950 - 1989

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198070610
eISBN:
9780199080755
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198070610.003.0020
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter examines caste, the most important differentiator in Indian social life. It is a better indicator of social origin and class than parental occupation. The figures used here are census ... More


Contesting Patriarchy: The Early Years

Chitra Sinha

in Debating Patriarchy: The Hindu Code Bill Controversy in India (1941–1956)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198078944
eISBN:
9780199081479
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198078944.003.0010
Subject:
Law, Family Law

The chapter focuses on the role of discourse and communicative action in the advancement of gender rights over several centuries, the second chapter concentrates on social, political, and legal ... More


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