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Caste, Social Inequality and Mobility in Rural India

Caste, Social Inequality and Mobility in Rural India
Reconceptualizing the Indian Village

First Edition

January 2019 | 400 pages | SAGE India

Caste, Social Inequality and Mobility in Rural India: Reconceptualising the Indian Village investigates and presents a holistic view of today’s rural India by analysing different social aspects such as caste, migration, mobility, education and inequalities. It further studies the village social structure comprising peasants, artisans, weavers and the middle class, and the role of education in reshaping the social life of rural people. It challenges current conceptualisation and understanding of caste as a system, caste mobility, caste–class polarity and country–town divide. This book also argues that caste as a system has ceased to exist, but caste persists discretely as a non-systemic means of appropriation for political and social ends. This interdisciplinary dynamic study reconceptualises the ‘village’ by explaining the emerging social trends and patterns of social stratification in contemporary rural India.

Foreword by Dipankar Gupta
Preface and Acknowledgements
Part I: Social Contours of Indian Village
Introducing the Indian Village
Reinterpreting Caste
Caste, Inequality and Social Mobility
Individual and Family
Part II: Glimpses of Village Economy
Peasants : A Declining Backbone of Rural Economy
Artisans: Proto-industrial Workers
Weavers: Under the Dominance of Master-Weavers
Part III: Rural Power Structure
Reflections on Indian Polity vis-à-vis Indian Village
Dynamics of Elections and Its Reflections on Rural India
Panchayati Raj Institutions and Empowerment
Part IV: Emerging Patterns of Stratification and Change
Formation of Middle Class in Rural India
Education and Social Stratification in Village India
Understanding Rural Development in India
Part V: Theoretical and Empirical Concerns in Village Studies
Subaltern Studies in the Wake of Globalization
Revisiting the Six Villages in Rajasthan After Half a Century
Conclusion: Emerging Matrix of Social Status and Change

K. L. Sharma

K. L. Sharma is Pro-Chancellor at Jaipur National University, and Vice-Chairman of Institute of Development Studies (ISD), Jaipur. Formerly, Dr. Sharma was Professor of Sociology and Rector (pro-Vice-Chancellor) at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was Vice-Chancellor at the University of Rajasthan during 2003–2005 and also Vice-Chancellor at Jaipur National University, Jaipur, from 2007 to 2014. K. L. Sharma earned his Master’s and Ph.D from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. K. L. Sharma was invited as visiting faculty by College de France, Paris, for five terms from 1991 to 2005.... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789353282011