Louis Dumont. Louis Dumont's modern classic, here presented in an enlarged, revised, and corrected second edition, simultaneously supplies that reader with the most cogent statement on the Indian caste system and its organizing principles and a provocative advance in the comparison of societies on the basis of their underlying ideologies. Dumont moves gracefully from the ethnographic data to the level of the hierarchical ideology encrusted in ancient religious texts which are revealed as the governing conception of the contemporary caste structure. On yet another plane of analysis, homo hierarchicus is contrasted with his modern Western antithesis, homo aequalis.
|Published (Last):||18 May 2007|
|PDF File Size:||6.54 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||12.52 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology. You may purchase this title at these fine bookstores. Outside the USA, see our international sales information. University of Chicago Press: E. About Contact News Giving to the Press. The Freedom of Speech Miles Ogborn. In the Watches of the Night Peter C. Louis Dumont Complete English edition, revised. Dumont moves gracefully from the ethnographic data to the level of the hierarchical ideology encrusted in ancient religious texts which are revealed as the governing conception of the contemporary caste structure.
On yet another plane of analysis, homo hierarchicus is contrasted with his modern Western antithesis, homo aequalis. This edition includes a lengthy new Preface in which Dumont reviews the academic discussion inspired by Homo Hierarchicus and answers his critics.
A new Postface, which sketches the theoretical and comparative aspects of the concept of hierarchy, and three significant Appendixes previously omitted from the English translation complete this innovative and influential work.
Table of Contents. Castes and ourselves 2. The individual and society 3. Individualism and holism 4. Rousseau on equality 5. Tocqueville on equality 6. Tocqueville on individualism 7. Necessity of hierarchy Chapter 1: History of Ideas Main attitudes Voluntarist explanation Caste as the limiting case of known institutions Composite explanations The period Element and system The place of ideology The notion of structure The fundamental opposition Pure and impure On hierarchy in general The theory of the varna: power and priesthood Caste and varna Hierarchy and power Regional status ranking Census A local example Central India Attribution or interaction?
Caste and profession Importance of marriage Endogamy: the usual view and its limitations Hierarchy of marriages and conjugal unions Isogamy and hypergamy Some examples Conclusion Place within the whole Notes on contact and untouchability Food in general Food and drink water in caste relations Introduction Rights, royal and other, over the land The village From power to authority Supreme authority in caste affairs Internal caste government Renunciation Tolerance and imitation Diachronic implications: aggregation Stability and change Christians and caste Caste among Muslims The case of the Pathan of Swat Caste among non-Hindus: conclusion Fundamental characteristics for comparison Castes outside of India?
The problem Recent changes as portrayed by Ghurye Complements Is caste reinforcing itself? From interdependence to competition Provisional conclusion Attempt at an inventory Hierarchical society and egalitarian society: a summary comparative diagram Chicago Blog : Sociology. Events in Sociology. Sign Up. Twitter Facebook Youtube Tumblr. Contact About Privacy.
Essay Philosophy. Louis Dumont is very well known for his anthropological work on India, but rather less for his political thought. Vincent Descombes emphasizes the substantial originality of that thought, which defined the political on the basis of comparative studies and in that way dispelled some of the equivocations of modern and contemporary philosophy. About the difficulty of the task there is no doubt. But it might well be the royal road for the advancement of sociological understanding. But the meaning of this distinction is not always well understood, as can be seen for example when readers think they detect an anti-modern prejudice in his thinking. Some critics have even suggested that merely emphasizing this contrast revealed a vague nostalgia for old hierarchical forms of social life.
This concept was termed as Sanskritisation by MN Srinivas. He states that the ideology of caste system is fundamentally contrary to our idea of egalitarian society and arises from the nature, conditions and limitations of realisation of such a society. We can not restrict ourselves to understand caste system only as a form of ' Social stratification '. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. University of Chicago Press.