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Rural Society in Southeast India

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: April 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511867064

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  • This book is a comparative study of caste and class in two small villages in the Thanjāvūr district of southeast India based on fieldwork done by the author in 1951–3. Differing from the usual village study, Gough's work traces the history of the villages over the past century and examines the impact of colonialism on the district since 1770. The volume's theoretical significance lies in its attempt to define more clearly the characteristics of rural class relations, particularly addressing the question whether Indian agrarian relations are still precapitalist. This study not only provides a vivid account of village life in southeast India in the 1950s (to be followed by a later study done in the 1970s), but also contributes to theory concerning modes of production, class structures in the Third World, and underdevelopment.

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511867064
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Thanjāvūr:
    1. The district
    2. Castes and religious groups
    3. The agriculturalists
    4. The nonagriculturalists
    5. Variations in ecology, demography and social structure
    6. The colonial background and the sources of poverty
    7. Political parties
    Part II. Kumbapettai:
    8. The face of the village
    9. Kumbapettai before 1855
    10. Kumbapettai from 1855 to 1952
    11. The annual round
    12. Economics and class structure: the petty bourgeoisie
    13. Independent commodity producers and traders
    14. The semiproletariat
    15. Village politics: religion, caste and class
    16. Village politics: the street assembly
    17. Class struggle and village power structure
    Part III. Kirippūr:
    18. East Thanjāvūr
    19. The village
    20. Economy and class structure
    21. Village politics: the caste Hindūs
    22. The Communist movement
    23. Conclusion

  • Author

    Kathleen Gough, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

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