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Class, Caste, Gender
Class, Caste, Gender

Class, Caste, Gender

by Manoranjan Mohanty

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English

Publisher

Sage Publications

ISBN

0761996443 - Year: 2004 - Pages: 439

Binding

Paperback

Manoranjan Mohanty

Author: Manoranjan Mohanty
Editor(s): Manoranjan Mohanty
Publisher: Sage Publications
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 439
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0761996443

Description

Contemporary India's political landscape is characterized by a great deal of social upheaval. This is the result of growing democratic consciousness which is increasingly conflicting with the forces of domination, authoritarianism and hegemony.

Against this backdrop, this volume, which is the fifth in the series entitled Readings in Indian Government and Politics, provides an understanding of these forces in both historical and analytical terms. In particular, the seminal essays gathered here explore the specificities of the crucial social categories of class, caste and gender, while simultaneously drawing attention to the arenas in which they intersect.

The contributors treat the centrality of power as the organizing theme. They then discuss ideas, institutions and practices as arenas of contestation both in themselves and in relation to one another. Hence, they study the state, social processes and political movements in relation to the struggles for transformation being waged by women, disadvantaged castes and oppressed classes.

The contributors also analyze basic conceptual issues and place them in the context of social ferment and recent political developments. They take care to provide as comprehensive a framework as possible. Accordingly, they tackle both rural and urban power structures, dominant and oppressed social forces, and institutional and cultural processes, and provide both macro and micro perspectives.

This volume brings together the writings of some of the most distinguished and influential scholars who have contributed significantly to the social and political discourse on contemporary India. The many unique insights that they provide make this book of considerable interest to those in the fields of politics, sociology, economics, social movements and women's studies. It will also serve as essential reading for both undergraduate an postgraduate students of political science.

Contents

List of Tables and Figures

Preface by the Series Editors

Preface

Introduction: Dimensions of Power and Social Transformation

PART I: CLASS STRUCTURE AND THE STATE

Caste and Agrarian Class: A View from Bihar

The Political Economy of the Economic Reform Strategy: The Role of the Indian Capitalist Class

The Working Class Movement in India: Trade Unions and the State

PART II CASTE DOMINATION AND POLITICAL POWER

Castes in India: Their Mechanism, Genesis and Development

Caste in Modern India

Caste in Indian Politics

Reservations Policy Revisited

Caste or Class or Caste-Class: A Study in Dalitbahujan Consciousness and Struggles in Andhra Pradesh in 1980s

The Language of Dalitbahujan Political discourse

PART III: GENDER INEQUALITY AND SOCIAL CHANGE

Conceptualizing Brahmanical Patriarchy in Early India: Gender, Caste, Class and State

An Overview of the Status of Women in India

Women and People's Movement: A Space within the Struggle

Gender Inequality and Women's Agency

Conclusion: Social Movements in a Creative society

Appendix

Select Readings

About the Editor and Contributors

Index

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