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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Dirks examines this relationship in part four of his book and analyzes the work of Gandhi, E. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Colonialism and the Making of Modern India. User Account Log in Register Help. One of these items ships sooner than the other.

Don’t have a Kindle? Casted in your details below or click an icon to log in: Ships from and sold by Amazon. But under British domination caste did become a single term capable of naming and above all subsuming India’s diverse forms of social identity and organization.

Adhering to the school of Orientalist thought promulgated by Edward Said and Bernard Cohn, Dirks argues that British colonial control of Kf for years pivoted on its manipulation of the caste system. He also argues that the certain dirkd epistemologies carry on to the present day over debates over immigration, identity, and ethnic violence.


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The Textualization of Tradition: It uses the idea of caste as the basis for a magisterial history of modern India. Related articles in Google Scholar. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. This work offers several historiographical and polemical contributions. You could not be signed in. Rather than a basic expression of Indian tradition, caste is a modern phenomenon–the product of a concrete historical encounter between India and British colonial rule.

The first part examines the early ethnographic knowledge produced on India and caste around the East India Company period. Sign In Forgot password? Risley, William Crooke, J.

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Sex and the Family in Colonial India: Castes of Mind is an ambitious book, written by an accomplished scholar with a rare mastery of centuries castfs Indian history and anthropology.

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A tremendous feat of anthropological history, Castes of Mind demonstrates how the nationalist movement and post-colonial histories are implicated in British colonial processes of knowledge production.


You are commenting using your WordPress. He hypothesizes that caste was used to organize India’s diverse social groups for the benefit of British control. The first two parts focus before the events of Great Rebellion of and assumption of direct Crown rule in Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Dirks thus shows the importance of such instruments of epistemic ditks that are disguised as tools of bureaucracy, legibility, and documentation.

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Is India’s caste system the remnant of ancient India’s social practices or the result of the historical relationship between India and British mins rule? Social Identity in the Old Regime Pages First, Dirks shows how caste was invented, reformulated, and put into action involving the work of both British and Indian actors, Brahmins, administrators, and information gatherers.

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