Review A classic collection edited by Rajni Kothari, much of which remains relevant in the Indian political scenario four decades since its compilation. The work covers details of caste movements in Gujarat and Tamilnadu, both from a historical and a theoretical perspective. It also considers caste political movements in Rajasthan, Andhra, and also in urban areas of Pune and Agra. In his introduction, Kothari posits the role of politics as a system that attempts to build on existing organisational forms in society, and clearly caste has been an important social structure across India. Also, in order to gain legitimacy, political change in a democratic society.
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A critical introduction by Rajni Kothari provides the analytical framework. Of the nine studies that follow, four are based on detailed investigation of individual caste movements and structures a Rejecting the prevailing dichotomy between traditional society and modern polity, Caste in Indian Politics examines their interaction in given community and territorial settings.
Of the nine studies that follow, four are based on detailed investigation of individual caste movements and structures and their induction into the political process. The other five focus on the macro dimensions of the political involvement of caste.
Each essay tries to bring out the substantial change that has taken place in the inter-relationship between the antecedent social structure of Indian and democratic politics and underlies the emerging idiom of social-political behaviour. This second edition has an extended prologue by eminent political scientist James Manor. Manor s Caste and Politics in Recent Times is an optimistic account of the changes and developments in the interplay of caste and politics over the past four decades.
He shows how the diminishing influence of caste hierarchies has had widespread implications for the voting patterns of the jati-clusters caste groups. Taking up the debate where Kothari and other contributors had left it, Manor s new chapter makes this seminal collection truly contemporary. The volume will be of interest to students and scholars of political science. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews.
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Rajni Kothari 16 August — 19 January was an Indian political scientist , political theorist , academic and writer. One of the great political thinkers of the 20th-century,   amongst his noted works include Politics in India , Caste in Indian Politics , and Rethinking Democracy In , Lokayan was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for "linking and strengthening local groups working to protect civil liberties, women's rights and the environment. Kothari was the only son of his father, a Jain trader. His mother died early in life.
Rajni Kothari, first to discover the pulse of Indian political system
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