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Caste and Class in India in the Late 20th Century
Selvam, Solomon


This study shows that ‘caste’ and ‘class’ factors are in coalition as much as they are in opposition, that they are neither parallel nor compartmentalized but rather a dynamic process. Using the case of Vagaikulam, an average village in India, the study demonstrates that the caste-class dynamics are at work in all the major social aspects of life in the village: economics, business, politics, religion, culture and recreation.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents: Foreword by Parmatma Saran Foreword by Michael E. Brown Preface 1. Introduction: The Historical Context; Resources, theories, Methdologies 2. Madurai and Madurai Region: Ancient Rule, society Culture; The People, Their Occupations 3. Vagaikulam: A Brief Social History; Social and Historical Background; Pramalai Kallar, Service Castes; The Untouchable Caste 4. Capitalism in Caste Agriculture: Agriculture, Land Tenure System; Three Kinds of Farming; Landholding Size, Concentration, Fragmentation; Non-Farming Occupations 5. Workings of Caste-Class Dynamics: Tradition and Modernity; Inequality in Opportunities; Marriage and Family Relations; Political Organizations, Activities 6. Politics of Caste-Class Dynamics: Caste, Class, Landownership; Beneficiaries of Modernization: Collapse of Retail Businesses; Force and Violence; Political Mobilization 7. Conclusion: Fluctuating Dynamics of Caste and Class Forces Appendices; Bibliography; Index

ISBN10:  0-7734-7818-3   ISBN13:  978-0-7734-7818-3    Pages:  240    Year:  2000   

Series: Studies in History and Civilization of India Number: 1

Subject Areas:  Asian Studies, Class Studies,

Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press

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