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The continuous demand for Gendering Caste: Through a Feminist Lens (2003) led to this revised edition which analyses the recent socio-economic and political changes that have taken place. Caste-based marriage and control over women's sexuality have been crucial for the continuation of the caste system in India. Thus, caste and gender are linked. Brutal reprisals have followed when dalits and women have tried to challenge caste-based marriage and inequality which allots strict rules of conduct for women and all dalits.

Caste in the Colonial Period
Caste in the colonial period

The advent of British rule in different parts of the subcontinent marked a major moment in terms of governance in the history of the region. Apart from economic changes, especially in production relations and revenue extraction, there were legal changes, a new administrative and judicial apparatus, and new systems of education. In sum the colonial period marked the emergence of a new ‘public culture’. These transformations had a major impact on systems of hierarchy, leading to changes in the class structure, in gender relations—making for what has been termed ‘new patriarchies’—and in caste relations. In the context of caste, in particular, British rule has been regarded by one strand of scholars as marking a kind ...

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