Caste Ideology and Interaction, Volume 9

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Dennis B. McGilvray
Cambridge University Press, Sep 2, 1982 - Social Science - 255 pages
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Following the publication of the book by E. R. Leach, ed., Aspects of Caste in South India, Ceylon and North-West Pakistan (1960), much additional information was gathered on caste hierarchies in South Asia, and two major attempts were made to identify the underlying unity of this material - a structuralist one by Louis Dumont and a ethnosocialogical one by McKim Marriott et al. This quest for unity seemed attractive, yet at the same time, as the contributions to the present volume indicate, premature. The four papers collected here and published in 1982 are all concerned with caste ideology and caste interaction in different locales of South Asia.
 

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Contents

Caste conundrums
8
The genealogical background of a dispute over true page
29
Reversing the ritualized inferiority of wifegivers
31
Tamil caste and matriclan ideology
34
Caste rank and verbal interaction in western Tamilnadu
98
Economic dependencies among castes
103
TV universes the five major types
117
Symmetrical RELexchange
122
Giving and receiving compared
139
Ranks by thresholds for Vusage
145
Summary of derived ranks
146
Ranks on a variety of nonlinguistic media
155
Minimatrix illustrating hypothetical Varna strategies
166
Scores in cooked rice transactions
169
Net ranks by Vgiving and receiving
182
REL to superiors and inferiors
184

Scaled usage implications of verbal status markers
127
Rank by Tgiving
131
Rank by Vgiving
133
Rank by Vreceiving
135
Rank by Treceiving
137
Rank on two dimensions compared
138
Symmetrical exchange of REL
186
Ranks in linguistic and nonlinguistic media
200
Caste and politics in India since 1947
204
Notes
221
Bibliography
236
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