Dirks, Nicholas B. Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India. Princeton: Princeton University Press, Histories. Dirks, Nicholas B. Castes of Mind. Colonialism and the Making of Modern India. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS. ,95 € / $ / £*. Add to Cart. PDF | On Dec 1, , S. Guha and others published Book Reviews: NICHOLAS B. DIRKS, Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of.

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Start reading Castes of Mind: Neither reductive nor schematic, the notion of caste that emerges here is genuinely original. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

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Dirks does not contend that caste was invented by the British. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The legacy of colonial discourse of caste and India weighed upon 19 th and 20 djrks century caste politics and nationalist movements. The Enumeration of Caste: Very interesting argument, but incredibly dense and often unreadable at times when Dirks decides to string together many multi-syllable adjectives that require a dictionary.

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His thesis embraces ov and powerfully argued evidence. The Origins of an Idea Pages Second, Dirks centers the role of colonial knowledge alongside the power of military, political power, and economic wealth in the study of colonial conquest and governance.

Article PDF first page preview. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Rather than a basic expression of Indian tradition, caste is a modern phenomenon–the product of a concrete historical encounter between India and British colonial rule.


The Modernity of Caste Pages And in making a powerful case that the colonial past continues to haunt the Indian present, it makes an important contribution to current postcolonial theory and scholarship on contemporary Indian politics. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

Nicholas Dirks argues that caste is, in fact, neither an unchanged survival of ancient India nor a single system that reflects a core cultural value. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Customers who bought this item also bought. The book also surveys the rise of caste politics in the twentieth century, focusing in particular on the emergence of caste-based movements that have threatened nationalist consensus.

He reminds the reader of the tremendous consequences of colonialism in the history of capitalism, the West, anthropological visions of the colonized world, and historiographical thought.