The Politics of Caste in West Bengal Paperback / softback
Edited by Uday (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Goettingen, Ger Chandra, Geir (Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Oslo, Norway) Heierstad, Kenneth Bo (Associate Professor of South Asia Studies at University of Oslo, Norway) Nielsen
Part of the Exploring the Political in South Asia series
Paperback / softback
This volume offers for the first time a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the making and maintenance of a modern caste society in colonial and postcolonial West Bengal in India.
Drawing on cutting-edge multidisciplinary scholarship, it explains why caste continues to be neglected in the politics of and scholarship on West Bengal, and how caste relations have permeated the politics of the region until today.
The essays presented here dispel the myth that caste does not matter in Bengali society and politics, and make possible meaningful comparisons and contrasts with other regions in South Asia. The work will interest scholars and researchers in sociology, social anthropology, politics, modern Indian history and cultural studies.