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How It All Began

M.N. Srinivas

in The Remembered Village

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/9780198077459.003.0001

Series: Oxford India Perennials Series

How It All Began

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This chapter describes how the author's study of Rampura, a multi-caste village in Mysore, began in 1945–46 when he was a doctoral student in social anthropology at Oxford. According to Radcliffe-Brown, the author's teacher, it is a fact that extant studies did not give an idea of day-to-day social relations between members of diverse castes living in a small community. An important social process in Mysore, if not in South India as a whole, is the urbanization of Brahmins. This process is yet to be studied, and its many consequences and implications understood.

Keywords: Rampura; South India; multi-caste village; social anthropology; Radcliffe-Brown; Mysore; Brahmins

Chapter.  4258 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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