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Introduction

André Béteille

in Caste, Class and Power

Third edition

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077435
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081080 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077435.003.0001

Series: Oxford India Perennials Series

Introduction

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This book is concerned with the phenomena of caste, class, and power and with their changing relations. Caste, class, and power relate in different ways to the broader phenomenon of social stratification. The book’s argument is that in the traditional structure, the cleavages of caste, class, and power tended much more than today to run along the same grooves. The field work on which this study is based was conducted largely in the Sripuram village over a period of about ten months in 1961 and 1962. Sripuram is situated in the Tanjore District, adjacent to Thiruvaiyar and at a distance of about eight miles from Tanjore town. Most of Tanjore District is made up of the delta of the Kaveri river. Nanja and punja are the two classes of cultivable land in the district. Paddy is the principal crop cultivated in here.

Keywords: caste; class; power; social stratification; Nanja; Punja; Sripuram; Tanjore District

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Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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