Critical Themes in Indian Sociology brings together the writings of a number of scholars—both well established and younger, in India and in different parts of the world—on various themes that express the richness and diversity that defines sociological scholarship on India. The book reflects changes in scholarship over time and charts out new subjects and methods for the study of social life in India. Commemorating the 50 plus years since Contributions to Indian Sociology was first published, this book is a tribute to a journal that has sustained an internationally acclaimed and rigorous sociological engagement with India. Comprising a wide range of themes such as village, city, class, caste, politics, gender, sexuality, media, food and education, this book presents a concise, yet in-depth sense of a sociological view of India today.
Chapter 13: Hierarchy Without System? Why Civility Matters in the Study of Caste
Hierarchy Without System? Why Civility Matters in the Study of Caste
That caste has remained central to the study of social solidarity in India is no accident. In its dynamic form, caste mimics and adapts to the rapid political and economic changes to constitute a substantive part of public and private life. The critical role of caste in constructing particular and broader social solidarities continues to generate significant research interest among sociologists, political scientists and social anthropologists.
Scholarship on caste (or anti-caste) solidarity explores collectives that challenge caste hierarchies (Clark-Decès 2006; Gorringe 2005; Narayan 2006; Omvedt 1994; Waghmore 2013; Zelliot 1996) or collectives that construct the complex and layered inner ...