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The Distribution of Power

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/9780198077435.003.0005

Series: Oxford India Perennials Series

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This chapter describes how political power is distributed in Sripuram. It focuses on its relation to social stratification. Their relations to group structures such as panchayats, parties, and local elites are dealt with. The analysis of the role of parties in village politics assumes particular importance in the context of Panchayati Raj. The study of political parties leads to the examination of ideologies. Political power is usually viewed as being based on economic dominance, social status, numerical support, or “personal” qualities of leadership. The agraharam does not possess a very strong or unified leadership. The Brahmins shifted their support to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (D.M.K.) from Congress party. The creation of new political opportunities and new bases of power has provided congenial conditions for the development of elaborate networks of patronage.

Keywords: distribution of political power; Sripuram; panchayats; Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham; Congress party; village politics; Panchayati Raj; ideologies; new bases of power

Chapter.  16487 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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