The Politics of Caste in West Bengal

1st Edition

Uday Chandra, Geir Heierstad, Kenneth Bo Nielsen

Routledge India
Published November 28, 2017
Reference - 272 Pages - 4 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780815376606 - CAT# K338780
Series: Exploring the Political in South Asia

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Summary

This volume offers for the first time a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the making and maintenance of a modern caste society in colonial and postcolonial West Bengal in India. Drawing on cutting-edge multidisciplinary scholarship, it explains why caste continues to be neglected in the politics of and scholarship on West Bengal, and how caste relations have permeated the politics of the region until today. The essays presented here dispel the myth that caste does not matter in Bengali society and politics, and make possible meaningful comparisons and contrasts with other regions in South Asia.

The work will interest scholars and researchers in sociology, social anthropology, politics, modern Indian history and cultural studies.

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