Ethnicity and Class: Social Divisions in an Indian City

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Oxford University Press, 2006 - Social Science - 307 pages
"Belgaum, in India's southern state of Karnataka, is a city that has consistently found itself in the news since the 1950s. This media interest is due to issues arising from its ethnic character. The city is home to multiple linguistic groups with Kannada and Marathi both contending for linguistic, and consequently, social and political prominence." "This fractious backdrop forms the basis of the present book. Ethnicity and Class interrogates issues of ethnic identity in terms of their social location and historicity. Furthermore, it seeks to demonstrate the significance of class in analysing the dynamics of social life and its construction in India. What emerges, in consequence, is the notion that a comprehensive understanding of Indian society needs to move beyond the narrow confines of single indicators like caste, religion or language, to more inclusive concepts."--BOOK JACKET.

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Introduction
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The City in Its Setting
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Region and Language
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