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The Remembered Village

M.N. Srinivas

Second edition

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077459
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081165 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077459.001.0001

Series: Oxford India Perennials Series

The Remembered Village

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This book is about Rampura, a multi-caste village in princely Mysore (now part of Karnataka) as it was in 1948, the year when M. N. Srinivas did fieldwork there. As so often in human affairs, and in scholarly and scientific history, an accident opens the path to a solution; in this case, a fire that destroyed the author's notes led him to write this book. Professor Srinivas's monograph, based on the human mind's extraordinary capacity to bring forth significant details of the past, is a major ethnographic portrait woven from a sea of original data and purposeful seeking after a description of a village in its own terms. The book’s success suggests people should not let accidents and failures destroy one's art. The importance of the its study could not be overstated as caste represented a unique form of social stratification, and millions of human beings had ordered their lives according to it for over two millennia. The book describes Rampura's village life, agriculture, the sexes, relation between castes, classes and factions, and the quality of social relations.

Keywords: anthropology; Rampura; M. N. Srinivas; human affairs; ethnography; social stratification; caste; social relations

Book.  402 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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How It All Began in The Remembered Village

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The Field Situation in The Remembered Village

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Three Important Men in The Remembered Village

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The Universe of Agriculture in The Remembered Village

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The Sexes and the Household in The Remembered Village

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Relations Between Castes in The Remembered Village

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Classes and Factions in The Remembered Village

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The Changing Village in The Remembered Village

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The Quality of Social Relations in The Remembered Village

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Religion in The Remembered Village

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