The Assembly of Listeners: Jains in Society

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Professor of Anthropology Michael Carrithers, Michael Carrithers, Caroline Humphrey, University Lecturer in Social Anthropology and Fellow Caroline Humphrey
Cambridge University Press, Apr 4, 1991 - Social Science - 328 pages
The Jains have exerted an influence on Indian society and religion out of proportion with their relatively small numbers. The Assembly of Listeners: The Jains in Society is the first book to address the sociology of the Jains and to discuss the notion of the "community" based on religious affiliation in India. Topics covered include Jain ideals and identity; women in the Jains community; popular Jainism; Jain reform and Jain identity in the UK. This collection is an important theoretical addition to the studies of Indian society, which has previously focused mainly on caste and class politics as the fundamental social units. With much recent fieldwork providing unique information on the ethnography of the Jains, this study will prove indispensable to any scholar interested in this little known but highly influential social group.
 

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Contents

Conclusion
3
a position paper
5
LOCAL JAIN COMMUNITIES
6
Is there a popular Jainism?
12
Michael Carrithers
15
The role of the layman according to the Jain canon
31
Local Jain communities
69
rural informal
109
Is there a popular Jainism?
187
at the boundaries of the Jain
201
New Jain institutions in India and beyond
229
varieties of religious belief
241
The foundations of community among southern
261
Jacket design by The Pinpoint Design Company
291
Glossary and pronunciation
295
Select bibliography
301

A study of Jains in a Rajasthan town
139
Jains in the Indian world
165

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