From Field to Factory: Community Structure and Industrialization in West Bengal

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University Press of America, 1978 - Social Science - 264 pages
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From Field to Factory explores the impact of a modern factory on a Bengal agricultural village and the impact of the village's social and ideological systems on the factory. Morton Klass provides ethnographic data on life and work in both the village and factory and assesses theories of community, caste, village religion, and industrialization. This book will interest sociologists and anthropologists interested in South Asia, community structure, caste, village-level religion, and the anthropology of work. Previously published in 1978 by the Institute for the Study of Human Issues.
  

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Contents

THE VILLAGE OF GONDOGRAM
27
SEPERATION INTERACTION HIERARCHY
42
HOUSEHOLD AND FAMILY
50
KINSHIP AND CASTE
59
LIFE CYCLED AND RITES OF PASSAGE
77
PRODUCING A CROP
85
LIVESTOCK IN GONDOGRAM
98
SERVICES AND SPECIALISTS
109
A COMMUNITY CALENDER
172
STRUCTURE PROCESS AND MAYA
182
THE VILLAGE AND THE FACTORY
191
RICELAND AND BICYCLES
193
THE VIEW FROM THE FACTORY
201
THE VILLAGE RESPONSE
206
PERSPECTIVES VALUES PROBLEMS
216
FAMILY JATI AND THE FACTORY
225

GONDOGRAMS NEIGHBORS
117
THE VILLAGE AND THE UNIVERSE
129
GOOD AND EVIL
131
SOUL AND SPIRIT
137
GODS AND GONDOGRAM
145
LITTLE TRADITION TRANSCENDENTAL AND PRAGMATIC
158
CALENDERS CLOCKS AND ROUNDS
165
VILLAGE ECONOMY AND THE FACTORY
230
THE NEW GONDOGRAM
237
CHANGES AND CONTINUITIES
242
Selected Bibliography
256
Index
260
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About the author (1978)

Morton Klass is Professor of Anthropology at Barnard College, Columbia University. His previous books include East Indians in Trinidad, Caste: The Emergence of the South Asian Social System, and Ordered Universes: Approaches to the Anthropology of Religion.

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