Caste, Culture and Hegemony: Social Dominance in Colonial by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay

By Sekhar Bandyopadhyay

it really is broadly believed that, as a result of its unprecedented social improvement, the caste method in colonial Bengal differed significantly from the remainder of India. via a research of the complicated interaction among caste, tradition and gear, this booklet convincingly demonstrates that Bengali Hindu society preserved the necessities of caste discrimination in colonial instances, even whereas giving the outward visual appeal of getting changed.

Using empirical info mixed with a powerful array of secondary resources, Dr Bandyopadhyay delineates the style within which Hindu caste society maintained its cultural hegemony and structural solidarity. beginning with an exam of the connection among caste and tool, the e-book examines early cultural encounters among `high` Brahmanical culture and the extra egalitarian `popular` spiritual cults of the decrease castes. It strikes directly to take an in depth examine the connection among caste and gender exhibiting the explanations why the reform circulation for widow remarriage failed. It ends with an exam of the Hindu `partition` crusade, which appropriated dalit self sustaining politics and made Hinduism the root of an emergent Indian nationwide identity.

Sekhar Bandyopadhyay breaks with a few of the assumptions of 2 vital faculties of thought—the Dumontian and the subaltern—and takes as a substitute a extra nuanced method of exhibit how excessive caste hegemony has been in a position to perpetuate itself. He therefore takes up matters which visit the guts of up to date difficulties in India`s social and political fabric.

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