Dirks, Nicholas B. Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India. Princeton: Princeton University Press, Histories. Dirks, Nicholas B. Castes of Mind. Colonialism and the Making of Modern India. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS. ,95 € / $ / £*. Add to Cart. PDF | On Dec 1, , S. Guha and others published Book Reviews: NICHOLAS B. DIRKS, Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of.

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Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities. Colonialism and the Making of Modern India. Print Flyer Recommend to Librarian. This framing of caste results in an image of India defined by religion, hierarchy, and society rather than secularism, equality, and the individual—fundamental tenets of the Western, modern nation-state. Riddick, Central Michigan Univ. Castes sirks Mind is an ambitious book, written by difks accomplished scholar with a rare mastery of centuries of Indian history and anthropology.

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When thinking of India, it is hard not to think of caste. Sanjay Joshi; Nicholas B. Anthropology as Colonial Rule Pages Dirks does not contend that caste was invented by the British. Colonialism and the Making of Modern India.

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. From Library Dirkz Is India’s caste system the remnant of ancient India’s social practices or the result of the historical relationship between India and British colonial rule?

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Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? Dirks also highlights how archives and ethnographies were concerned with strategic questions of land ownership and sovereignty, as well as cultural and political questions of social relationships and caste.


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Customers who bought this item also bought. The Body of Caste: 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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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.

Second, Dirks centers the role of colonial knowledge alongside the power of military, political power, and economic wealth in the study of colonial conquest and governance.

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More options … Overview Content Contact Persons. The Burden of the Past: Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Nevertheless, this groundbreaking work of interpretation demands a careful scholarly reading and response. 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.

Toward a Nationalist Sociology of India: The first two parts focus before the events of Great Rebellion of and assumption of direct Crown rule in Prices are subject to change without notice. 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.

Colonialism and the Making of Modern India is a literature review of four centuries of scholarship on caste, a study of colonial knowledge and categorization, and an intervention in understandings of caste politics and nationalism, wrapped into a post-colonial history of modern India.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here First, Dirks shows how caste was invented, reformulated, and put into action involving the work of both British and Indian actors, Brahmins, administrators, and information gatherers.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. In academic and common casres alike, caste has become a central symbol for India, marking it as fundamentally different from other places while expressing its essence.