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Author: Rajni Kothari
Publisher: Orient Longman
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8125006370
This book is a collection of studies dealing with confrontation in India between the age-old caste system and the parliamentary form of government based on universal suffrage vividly illustrates the manner in which old and historical societies get involved in, and provide content to the modernizing process.
Rejecting the prevailing dichotomy between traditional society and modern polity, these studies examine the interaction between the two in given community and territorial settings. An analytical essay by Rajni Kothari provides the framework.
Of the nine studies that follow, four are based on detailed investigation of individual caste movements and structures and their induction into the political process. The other five deal with certain macro dimensions of the political involvement of caste.
Each of these studies tries to bring out the substantial change that has taken place in the inter-relationship between the antecedent social structure of Indian and democratic politics and underlines the emerging idiom of social-political behavior.