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Western Foundations of the Caste System

Editors: Fárek, M., Jalki, D., Pathan, S., Shah, P. (Eds.)

  • Provides a bold reconceptualision of caste
  • Argues that the dominant descriptions we have today are results of originally Christian themes and questions
  • Uniquely ties together theological reflections on India, Orientalist scholarship, and contemporary social science and legal understandings of caste
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About this book

This book argues that the dominant descriptions of the ‘caste system’ are rooted in the Western Christian experience of India. Thus, caste studies tell us more about the West than about India. It further demonstrates the imperative to move beyond this scholarship in order to generate descriptions of Indian social reality.

 

The dominant descriptions of the ‘caste system’ that we have today are results of originally Christian themes and questions. The authors of this collection show how this hypothesis can be applied beyond South Asia to the diasporic cultures that have made a home in Western countries, and how the inheritance of caste studies as structured by European scholarship impacts on our understanding of contemporary India and the Indians of the diaspora.

 

This collection will be of interest to scholars and students of caste studies, India studies, religion in South Asia, postcolonial studies, history, anthropology and sociology.

About the authors

Martin Fárek is the Head of the Department for the Study of Religions, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic.

 

Dunkin Jalki is the Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Humanities and the Social Sciences, SDM PG College, Ujire, India.

 

Sufiya Pathan is Associate Professor at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Humanities and the Social Sciences, SDM PG College, Ujire, India.

 

Prakash Shah is a Reader in Culture and Law, Queen Mary, University of London, UK. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Caste Studies and the Apocryphal Elephant

    Fárek, Martin (et al.)

    Pages 1-30

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  • Caste-Based Reservation and Social Justice in India

    Balagangadhara, S. N.

    Pages 31-55

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  • Are There Caste Atrocities in India? What the Data Can and Cannot Tell Us

    Jalki, Dunkin (et al.)

    Pages 57-84

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  • Dissimulating on Caste in British Law

    Shah, Prakash

    Pages 85-126

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  • Were Shramana and Bhakti Movements Against the Caste System?

    Fárek, Martin

    Pages 127-172

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eBook 83,29 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-38761-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 106,99 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-38760-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover 106,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-81743-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Western Foundations of the Caste System
Editors
  • Martin Fárek
  • Dunkin Jalki
  • Sufiya Pathan
  • Prakash Shah
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-38761-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-38761-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-38760-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81743-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 274
Topics