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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You are commenting using your Dirsk account. Social Identity in the Old Regime Pages Colonial Anthropology and the Invention of Custom Pages His thesis embraces substantial and powerfully argued evidence. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. When thinking of India, it is hard not to think of caste.

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Neither reductive nor schematic, the notion of caste that emerges here is genuinely original. 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.

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And in making a powerful case that the colonial past continues to haunt the Indian present, it makes an important contribution to current postcolonial theory and scholarship on contemporary Indian politics. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Firks exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. Rather, the collection becomes implicated and instrumentalized to explain Indian caste for colonial interests.


Risley, William Crooke, J. It suffers, however, from its restricted focus to mainly southern India and its near polemic and obsessive assertions. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: VR Naicker, and B. Biography of an Archive Pages Learn more about Amazon Prime. Dirks shows how the anthropoligizing of India for colonial interests and colonial legitimacy in turn cemented social categories of difference and positioned caste as opposed to kf and the modern nation state.

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

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Slavery after Rome, — East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. 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. Anthropology and the Criminalization of Caste Pages On Colonialism and the Writing of History Pages Showing of 2 reviews.

Write a customer review. Periyar, Ambedkar, and Gandhi Pages No one before Dirks has examined the ways in which caste gathers from as well as ignores the complex realities and hierarchies of Indian society. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. The book also surveys the rise of caste politics in the twentieth century, focusing in particular on the emergence of caste-based movements that have threatened nationalist consensus. 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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Dirks thus shows the importance of such instruments of epistemic rule that are disguised as tools of bureaucracy, legibility, and documentation. Customers who bought this item also bought.

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Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. The Reformation of Caste: Authors with differing views on India’s ethnology suffer near-peremptory dismissal. In the second part, Dirks most importantly explains how early British imperialism in the s legitimized its rule through constructions of Indian caste, traditionalism, and barbarism.