Dirks, Nicholas B. Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India. Princeton: Princeton University Press, Histories. Dirks, Nicholas B. Castes of Mind. Colonialism and the Making of Modern India. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS. ,95 € / $ / £*. Add to Cart. PDF | On Dec 1, , S. Guha and others published Book Reviews: NICHOLAS B. DIRKS, Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of.

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Buy the selected items together This item: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India is a literature review of four centuries of scholarship on caste, a study of colonial knowledge and categorization, and an intervention in understandings of caste politics and nationalism, wrapped into a post-colonial history of modern India.

Dirks examines this relationship in part four of his book and analyzes the work of Gandhi, E. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional ,ind in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. When thinking of India, it is hard not to think of caste. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

He also argues that the certain colonial epistemologies carry on to the present day over debates over immigration, identity, and ethnic violence. The first part examines the early ethnographic knowledge produced on India and caste around the East India Company period.


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In academic and common parlance alike, caste has become a central symbol for India, marking it as fundamentally different from other places while expressing its essence. A respectful treatment of one another is important to us. The Burden of the Past: London is the Place for Me: ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Please try again later. India and the Creation of Imperial Britain.

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Colonial Knowledge and Colonial Rule Pages Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Dirks does not contend that caste was invented by the British. Ethnohistory of an Indian Kingdom. Start reading Castes of Mind: Therefore we would like to draw your attention to our House Rules.

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Dirks traces the career of caste from the medieval kingdoms of southern India to the textual traces of early colonial archives; from the commentaries of an eighteenth-century Jesuit to the enumerative obsessions of the late-nineteenth-century census; from the ethnographic writings of colonial administrators to those of twentieth-century Indian scholars seeking to rescue ethnography from its colonial legacy. On Colonialism and the Durks of History Pages VR Naicker, and B. Prices do not include postage and handling if applicable.


Adhering to the school of Orientalist thought promulgated by Edward Said and Bernard Cohn, Dirks argues that British colonial control of India for years pivoted on its manipulation of the caste system. The legacy of colonial discourse of caste and India weighed upon 19 th and 20 th century caste politics and nationalist movements. To purchase short term access, caastes sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

More options … Overview Content Contact Persons. But under British domination caste did become a single term capable of naming and above all subsuming India’s diverse forms of social identity and organization.

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