Preface: Growing up in Caste, Studying Caste-A Personal and Professional Story Introduction Studying Caste: Ideas, Material Conditions and History Priest and Prince: Status-Power Muddle Varna to Caste: Religious and Economic-Political Caste and Subaltern Studies: Elite Ideology, Revisionist Historiography Inequalities between and within Castes: Kin, Caste and Land Changing Land Relations and Caste: View from a Village Indenture, Religion and Caste: The Twin Myths about Hinduism and Caste Appendices Glossary Bibliography Index
Hira Singh teaches Sociology at York University, Toronto. He taught Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. He also taught Sociology at various other universities in Canada like Wilfrid Laurier, Victoria and University of New Brunswick. A participant of the debate on `Feudalism in Pre-colonial, Non-European Societies', sponsored by the Journal of Peasant Studies, his previous publications include Colonial Hegemony and Popular Resistance: Princes, Peasants, and Paramount Power and essays in prominent journals.
The book will appeal to anyone who is interested in understanding the highly complex phenomenon of caste and is prepared to go beyond the "sacred" and look for its "profane" dimensions.... Its greatest contribution is that it engages with and historicises caste. -- Frontline, 7 August 2015