Being Brahmin, Being Modern: Exploring the Lives of Caste by Ramesh Bairy PDF

By Ramesh Bairy

There is obviously an instructional and political obsession with the ‘idea’ of the Brahmin. there's additionally, at the same time, a near-complete absence of engagement with the Brahmin as an embodied individual or neighborhood. This e-book addresses this interesting paradox by way of making on hand a sociological description of the Brahmins in today’s Karnataka. It pursues 3 exact, but enmeshed, registers of inquiry – the character of the ‘Brahmin’ embodied within the supplier of the person Brahmin; the organised complexes of motion similar to the caste organization and the general public tradition of print; and eventually, setting out from an extended (yet, glossy and modern) heritage of non-Brahminical othering of the Brahmin. It argues that we have a tendency to comprehend the contemporaneity of caste virtually completely in the dual registers of legitimation–contestation and dominance–resistance. whereas those points stay salient, there's additionally a necessity to push out into hitherto ignored dimensions of caste. The e-book focuses recognition at the many lives of recent caste — its secularisation, the topic positions that it bargains, the equivocations wherein folks and groups develop into ‘subjects’ of caste, their differential investments within the caste-self.

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