Caste and Kinship in Kangra
This study is a major addition to understanding the problems of social inequality and the nature of caste and kinship. A full account is given of the social structure of the region, emphasizing the continuity of principles, which govern relations between castes and relationships within castes.
The ethnographic data bear in particular on: the nature of untouchability; models of caste ranking; the way in which 'traditional' family structures adapt to a diversification of the economy and the debate about the 'instability' of regimes of generalized exchange.
Originally published in 1979.
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afﬁnes agnates alliance aristocratic Rajputs asymmetrical Backward Classes Barber basis biradari Brahmans bride bride-price British census Chapter clean castes context cultivated daughters death distinction dowry Dumna Dumont economy endogamy equal example exchange exogamy fact father father’s ﬁelds ﬁnd ﬁrst fourth biradari girls Girths gotra groom hamlets hierarchy high-caste hookah house-cluster husband’s hypergamy ideal India infanticide inferior inherit jajman joint family joint household kamin Kangra District Gazetteer Kanthwal Katoch khandan kinship Kolis Kshatriya labour ladder land landlord Leather-workers low castes marriage marriage circle married mauza Chadhiar Mian mother mother’s brother nali rasoi nasran Nurpur occupation one’s Palampur partition Patidar pattern pollution prestations prestige Punjab purohit Raja rank Rathis relations relationship ritual royal clans rules of exogamy Scheduled Caste second biradari segments share signiﬁcant Singh sister status sub-clan sub-division superior tehsil tenants tika tion untouchable village wife wife-givers wife-takers wives women