The purpose of the present volume would be to question these approaches, offering a consideration of caste in relation to some other key dimensions of Indian society. Some contributions are predominantly theoretical or comparative, while others are based on local ethnography, but the overall aim is to provide an up–to–date review of the theorisation of caste which, while drawing on anthropological insights, is accessible to non–specialists.
1. Is a Theory of Caste still Possible?: D. Quigley (Queen′s University of Belfast).
2. Caste, Democracy and the Politics of Community in India: S. Mitra (University of Hull).
3. Berreman Revisited; Caste and the Comparative Method: U. M. Sharma (University of Keele).
4. Girasias and the Politics of Difference in Rajasthan: Caste, Kinship and Gender in a Marginalised Society: M. Unnithan (University of Sussex).
5. Caste without a System; a Study of South Indian Harijans: R. Deliege (University of Louvain/FNRS).
6. Religion, Caste and other identities: Mary Searle–Chatterjee (Manchester Metropolitan University).
7. Caste – A Personal Perspective: A. Shukra.
Notes on Contributors.
Ursula M. Sharma is Reader in Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Keele.