The Culturalization of Caste in India

By: Balmurli Natrajan

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This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. In India, caste groups ensure their durability in an era of multiculturalism by officially representing caste as cultural difference or ethnicity rather than as unequal descent-based relations. Challenging dominant social theories of caste, this book addresses questions of how caste survives the system that gave rise to it and adapts to new demands of capitalism and democracy. Based on original fieldwork, the book shows how the terrain of culture captured by a new grammar of caste revitalizes castes as cultural communities so that the culture of a caste is produced, organized and naturalized in the process of transforming jati (fetishized blood and kinship) into samaj (fetishized culture). Castes are shown to not be homogenous cultural wholes but sites of hegemony where class, gender and hierarchy over-determine the meanings and materiality of caste. Arguing that there exists a new casteism in India akin to a new racism in the USA, built less on biology and descent and more on purported cultural differences and their rights to exist, the book presents an extended critique and a search for an alternative view of caste and anti-casteist politics. Printed Pages: 208

Title: The Culturalization of Caste in India

Author Name: Balmurli Natrajan

Categories: Culture, India,

Publisher: New Delhi, Routledge/Manohar Publishers&Distributors:

ISBN: 0415857864

ISBN 13: 9780415857864

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 1200816

Keywords: The Culturalization of Caste in India Balmurli Natrajan