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Caste: Its Twentieth Century Avatar As India Attempts To Modernize And Ready Itself For The Twenty First Century, The Issue Of Caste Takes On An Overwhelming Importance What Form Does Caste Take Today How Can Its Debilitating Aspects Be Countered This Book, Edited And Introduced By One Of India S Most Eminent Sociologists, Attempts To Answer These And Other Crucial Questions The Essays In This Volume, Each Authored By An Expert On The Subject, Include A Stimulating Assessment Of The Role Of Women In Perpetuating Caste Incisive Analyses Of The Relationship Between Caste And The Economy, And Between Caste And Hinduism A Review Of The Backward Class Movements In Tamil Nadu A Commentary On The Power Struggle In UP And Bihar Amongst The Backward Castes The Relationship Between Efficiency And Job Reservation Observations On Caste Amongst Muslims And Christians In India And Critiques Of The Mandal Commission Report And The Mandal Judgement

About the Author: M.N. Srinivas

Mysore Narasimhachar Srinivas was born on November 16, 1916 in Mysore, although his parents were from Arakere, a village 20 miles 32 km away Srinivas, the youngest of four sons, studied in Mysore He took an honours degree in social philosophy from My sore University, an ambitious programme, covering an immense variety of subjects, which would have daunted any undergraduate anywhere he recalled in his interview to Fuller Srinivas has written about how, as an overprotected Brahmin boy , he experien ced his first culture shocks notthan fifty yards from the back wall of our house The entire culture of Bandikere was visibly and olfactorily different from that of College Road Bandikere was my Trobriand Islands, my Nuerland, my Navaho country and what have you In retrospect, it is not surprising that I became an anthropologist, an anthropologist all of whose fieldwork was in his own country From Mysore, Srinivas moved to Bombay and later to Oxford University He did his Masters under G.S Ghurye, during which he did a dissertation he later published as Marriage and Family in Mysore 1942 Srinivas would later recall that the seeds f or his ideas on sanskritisation were sown during his fieldwork for his M.A dissertation At Oxford, Srinivas worked under the two leading anthropologists of the day, A.R Radcliffe Brown and E.E Evans Pritchard In his interview to Fuller, Srinivas spea ks of this period as one of both intellectual excitement and growth.Srinivas returned to India in 1951, and joined the Department of Sociology of M.S University, Baroda He formulated a new syllabus for the department and built it into a reputed centre of socio anthropological teaching and research In February 1959, h e was invited to Delhi University to establish and head the Department of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics, which was recognised as a centre for advanced study in 1968 Srinivas attracted the best talent to the department and built it into one of the leading departments in the country in the field, combining sociology with social anthropological approaches Its competitor at the Delhi School was the Economics Department which had an array of distinguished economists such as K.N Raj, Amartya S en, Pranab Bardhan, Mrinal Dutta Chaudhuri and others on its faculty In his interview to Fuller, Srinivas hints at the competition and tension between these two strong departments Marxism was the dominant ideology of the economists Marxism and macro economics They laughed at the kind of things we were doing We were studying kinship, caste, villages, religion, and they looked upon us as backward people, Srinivas told Fuller.In 1972, Srinivas returned to his home State and joined the Institute for Social and Economic Change set up by V.K.R.V Rao in Bangalore as Joint Director, a position he gave up in 1979 He joined the National Institute of Advanced Study NIAS as the J R.D Tata Visiting Professor in 1992 and started a unit of sociology and social anthropology in 1997 He and R.L Kapur set up the Women s Policy, Research and Advocacy Unit at the NIAS His interest in issues relating to gender began with his participat ion in the Status of Women in India Report, 1975.After shifting to Bangalore, Srinivas continued to write on those themes that flowed from his early anthropological work caste, modernisation, sanskritisation, social change, gender, the practice of social anthropology, and so on His most recent publi cation, Indian Society through Personal Writings 1998 , dedicated to his old friend, novelist R.K Narayan, is a collection of essays some biographical, some on caste disputes in Rampura, an account idiosyncratic, if not capricious of Banga lore, and so on Interestingly, in the book Village, Caste, Gender and Method 1998 , he also included two short stories.

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  1. says:

    To get an understanding of the various perspectives of caste in India, the multiple essay format of the book is helpful The book covers all aspects of Indian society, w.r.t religion, economy, reservation The contemporary image of the cast structure in India needs to be understood to better plan reforms and predict growth patterns of the economy The backward class movements and rural caste identities have changed a lot in th

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