Castes of Mind:colonialism and the Making of
This Book Traces The Career Of Caste Through History And Also Examines The Rise Of Caste Politics In Contemporary India, In Particular Caste-Based Movements And Their Implications For Indian Nationhood.
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Castes of mind: colonialism and the making of modern IndiaUser Review - Book Verdict
Is India's caste system the remnant of ancient India's social practices or the result of the historical relationship between India and British colonial rule? Dirks (history and anthropology, Columbia Univ.) elects to support the latter view. Adhering to the school of Orientalist thought promulgated by Edward Said and Bernard Cohn, Dirks argues that British colonial control of India for 200 years pivoted on its manipulation of the caste system. He hypothesizes that caste was used to organize India's diverse social groups for the benefit of British control. His thesis embraces substantial and powerfully argued evidence. It suffers, however, from its restricted focus to mainly southern India and its near polemic and obsessive assertions. Authors with differing views on India's ethnology suffer near-peremptory dismissal. Nevertheless, this groundbreaking work of interpretation demands a careful scholarly reading and response.-John F. Riddick, Central Michigan Univ. Lib., Mt. Pleasant ...
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This is a really fantastic book, and gives an excellent historical background and historiographical assessment of caste debates and politics across the last two centuries.