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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the axiom and idiom of inequality
The hierarchical aspects of caste
Clans and their segments
Households and their partition
Rajput hypergamy in an historical perspective
The biradari reform movement
Affines and consanguines
The limits of hierarchy
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affines agnates alliance aristocratic Rajputs Backward Classes Barber basis biradari Brahman bride bride-price British brothers census Chapter claim clean castes context cultivated daughters death distinction dowry Dumna Dumont economy endogamy equal example exchange exogamy fact father fourth biradari gadi-kalothi girls Girth gotra groom hamlets hierarchy high-caste hookah house-cluster husband hypergamy ideal 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 Mitakshara mother nali rasoi Nanwaraks Nurpur occupation Palampur partition Patidar pattern plough Pocock pollution prestations prestige Punjab purohit Raja rank Rathis relations relationship ritual royal clans rules of exogamy Scheduled Caste second biradari segments share Singh sister status sub-clan sub-division superior symmetrical Temple priests tenants tika tion untouchable village wife wife-givers wife-takers wives women