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eBook Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India. ePub

by Nicholas B. Dirks

  • ISBN: 0691088950
  • Category: Humanities
  • Subcategory: Other
  • Author: Nicholas B. Dirks
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1st Paperback Edition edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Pages: 328
  • ePub book: 1892 kb
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  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 731

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Nicholas Dirks is a subtle unraveler of the dense, many-layered fabric of India's colonial and modern history as they . Massively documented and brilliantly argued, Castes of Mind is a study in true contrapuntal interpretation.

Nicholas Dirks is a subtle unraveler of the dense, many-layered fabric of India's colonial and modern history as they converge in the idea and practice of caste. Even for the nonspecialist, the results of this gripping book are remarkable to behold. No one before Dirks has examined the ways in which caste gathers from as well as ignores the complex realities and hierarchies of Indian society. Nicholas Dirks is a subtle unraveler of the dense, many-layered fabric of India's colonial and modern history as they converge in the idea and practice of caste.

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Nicholas Dirks argues that caste is, in fact, neither an unchanged survival of ancient India nor a single system that . Castes of Mind is an ambitious book, written by an accomplished scholar with a rare mastery of centuries of Indian history and anthropology.

Nicholas Dirks argues that caste is, in fact, neither an unchanged survival of ancient India nor a single system that reflects a core cultural value. Rather than a basic expression of Indian tradition, caste is a modern phenomenon-the product of a concrete historical encounter between India and British colonial rule. Dirks does not contend that caste was invented by the British. It uses the idea of caste as the basis for a magisterial history of modern India. Castes of Mindis an ambitious book, written by an accomplished scholar with a rare mastery of centuries of Indian history and anthropology.

India's caste system is often seen as an institution deeply rooted in traditional Indian culture. Before the British arrived, Dirks writes, Indian society was highly fragmented into communal groupings that served as centers for social identity.

Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India The book also surveys the rise of caste politics in the twentieth century.

Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India. The book also surveys the rise of caste politics in the twentieth century, focusing in particular on the emergence of caste-based movements that have threatened nationalist consensus.

Dirks, Nicholas B. Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001. A tremendous feat of anthropological history, Castes of Mind demonstrates how the nationalist movement and post-colonial histories are implicated in British colonial processes of knowledge production.

10th Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley. Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India, Princeton University Press, 2001, ISBN 0-691-08895-0. In office June 1, 2013 – June 1, 2017. Dirks is the author of numerous books on South Asian history and culture, primarily concerned with the impact of British colonial rule. His most famous works include The Hollow Crown: Ethnohistory of an Indian Kingdom (1987), Castes of Mind (2001), and The Scandal of Empire (2006). The Scandal of Empire: India and the Creation of Imperial Britain, Harvard University Press, 2006, ISBN 978-0-674-02724-4.

Nicholas B. Dirks is the chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, where . Dirks is the chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also a professor of history and anthropology. An internationally renowned historian and anthropologist, he is known for his work on the history of kingship and the institution of caste in India, as well as for his writing on the British empire. His major works include The Hollow Crown: Ethnohistory of an Indian Kingdom; Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India; and The Scandal of Empire: India and the Creation of Imperial Britain.

When thinking of India, it is hard not to think of caste. In academic and common parlance alike, caste has become a central symbol for India, marking it as fundamentally different from other places while expressing its essence. Nicholas Dirks argues that caste is, in fact, neither an unchanged survival of ancient India nor a single system that reflects a core cultural value. Rather than a basic expression of Indian tradition, caste is a modern phenomenon--the product of a concrete historical encounter between India and British colonial rule. Dirks does not contend that caste was invented by the British. But under British domination caste did become a single term capable of naming and above all subsuming India's diverse forms of social identity and organization.

Dirks traces the career of caste from the medieval kingdoms of southern India to the textual traces of early colonial archives; from the commentaries of an eighteenth-century Jesuit to the enumerative obsessions of the late-nineteenth-century census; from the ethnographic writings of colonial administrators to those of twentieth-century Indian scholars seeking to rescue ethnography from its colonial legacy. The book also surveys the rise of caste politics in the twentieth century, focusing in particular on the emergence of caste-based movements that have threatened nationalist consensus.

Castes of Mind is an ambitious book, written by an accomplished scholar with a rare mastery of centuries of Indian history and anthropology. It uses the idea of caste as the basis for a magisterial history of modern India. And in making a powerful case that the colonial past continues to haunt the Indian present, it makes an important contribution to current postcolonial theory and scholarship on contemporary Indian politics.

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Very interesting argument, but incredibly dense and often unreadable at times when Dirks decides to string together many multi-syllable adjectives that require a dictionary.
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There's always a pattern with history and the curtains are pulled away to view the class system in another civilization.