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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The legacy of colonial discourse of caste and India weighed upon 19 th and 20 th century caste politics and nationalist movements. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Start reading Castes of Mind: He also argues that the certain colonial epistemologies carry on to the present day over debates over immigration, identity, and ethnic minc. Share your thoughts with other customers.

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Social Identity in the Old Regime Pages 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 mlnd 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.


Periyar, Ambedkar, and Gandhi Pages He reminds the reader of the tremendous consequences of colonialism in the history of capitalism, the West, anthropological visions of the colonized minx, and historiographical thought. Anthropology as Colonial Rule Pages The Modernity of Caste Pages Prices are subject to change without notice. A mibd treatment of one another is important to us. Don’t have a Kindle? There’s always a pattern with history and the curtains are pulled away to view the class system in another civilization.

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Princeton University Press, This article is also available lf rental through DeepDyve. Dirks thus shows the importance of such instruments of epistemic rule that are cadtes as tools of bureaucracy, legibility, and documentation.

Ambedkar to understand the ways in which nationalist movements were implicated within colonial constructs of social mobilization and the possibility of modernity and self-rule for India.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: It suffers, however, from its restricted focus to mainly southern India and its near polemic and obsessive assertions. Sex and the Family in Colonial India: Article PDF first page preview.


Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Dirks shows how early missionary studies such as the Abbe Dubois understood caste as a varna system, as a civil institution, but mainly as an impediment to Christian conversion. Related articles in Google Scholar.

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It uses the idea of caste as the basis for a magisterial history of modern India. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. In academic and common parlance alike, caste has become a central symbol for Caetes, marking it as fundamentally different from other places while expressing its essence.

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He hypothesizes that caste was used to organize India’s diverse social groups for the benefit of British control. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Dirks does not contend that caste was invented by the British.

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