Caste in question [electronic resource] :identity or hierarchy? / edited by Dipankar Gupta.
Contributor(s): Gupta, Dipankar.Material type: BookSeries: Contributions to Indian sociologyOccasional studies: 12.Publisher: New Delhi ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, 2004Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 255 p.).ISBN: 9788132103455 (electronic bk.); 8132103459 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Caste | Social classes -- India | Group identity -- India | Social structure -- India | Social stratification -- India | Castes -- Inde | Classes sociales -- Inde | Identit�e collective -- Inde | Structure sociale -- Inde | Stratification sociale -- Inde | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Social Classes | Caste | Group identity | Social classes | Social stratification | Social structure | IndiaGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books.DDC classification: 305.5/122 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Includes bibliographical references and index.
In Indian context.
"This important volume provides an alternative perspective on caste. It demonstrates that the traditional view of caste -- as a single hierarchy, with Brahmins at the top and the untouchable castes at the bottom -- is no longer valid. From politics to gender to economic interaction, the contributors reveal how the erstwhile single, pure hierarchical order is constantly being questioned and weakened. The essays in this volume argue for a different conceptualisation of caste -- one that would take into account the need for caste assertion and dignity as well as notions of hierarchy. The contributors show that while pride in one's caste identity is an important feature of the caste order, this is not incompatible with contesting notions of hierarchy. Caste is now better seen in terms, first, of discrete identities and then in terms of multiple and contesting hierarchies. Using contemporary experiences, this exciting volume reflects on received wisdom concerning theories of caste and provides an entirely fresh perspective."--Provided by publisher.
Description based on print version record.
Cover; Contents; Preface and acknowledgements; Introduction: The certitudes of caste: When identity trumps hierarchy; 1 -- Caste panchayats and the policing of marriage in Haryana: Enforcing kinship and territorial exogamy; 2 -- 'We (Yadavs) are a caste of politicians': Caste and modern politics in a north Indian town; 3 -- Jains, caste and hierarchy in north Gujarat; 4 -- Hierarchy, difference and the caste system: A study of rural Bihar; 5 -- Replication or dissent? Culture and institutions among 'Untouchable' Scheduled Castes in Karnataka.