Migrations in Medieval and Early Colonial India

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Vijaya Ramaswamy
Routledge, Jul 5, 2017 - Social Science
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This book looks at movements of communities which formed the lower and middle rungs of society in medieval and early colonial India. It presents migration, mobility and memories from a specifically Indian perspective, breaking away from previous Eurocentric studies. The essays in the volume focus on labour, peasant and craft migrations, and in fleshing out the causes and trajectories taken by these communities, they speak to each other by addressing similar issues as well as documenting varying responses to analogous situations.A fascinating history of migrations of people from below, the volume adopts a trans-disciplinary approach and uses inscriptions, official records, and literary texts along with community narratives and folk tradition. This will be of great interest to scholars and students of migration and diaspora studies, medieval and modern South Asian history, social anthropology and subaltern studies.
 

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Foreword by Suraiya Faroqhi
the social memory of Kongu
Social mobility and migration among the Jats
the story of the Gujars
Meos in
Muharram practices of the Deccan
Migrations of the weaver communities in medieval
artisanal mobility
Memories and histories
Circulation of people and patterns of maritime
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