This new and highly provocative analysis looks at ideas of hierarchy in the light of the latest historical, anthropological, and sociological evidence to generate understanding of present struggles in race and ethnic relations. It is a well–reasoned account that illuminates the strong historical links between the idea of hierarchy and concepts of race and caste.
Part I: Race, Caste, and Hierarchy.
1. Race and Caste as Natural Hierarchies.
5. History and Ambivalence: a Place in the Sociological Debate.
Part II: Theoretical Constructions.
7. Essentialism and Anti–essentialism.
9. Culture, Practice, and Symbol.
Part III: Economic and Political Formations.
13. European capitalism, Indian Capitalism?.
14. Political formations.
17. Nations and Citizenries.
Part IV: Race, Slavery, and Colonialism. .
20. Race and colonial society.
21. Race and Political Thought in Early Modern Europe.
Part V: Race, Caste and the Person. .
23. Race, Caste and Kinship.
24. Caste, kinship, and Gender in India.
25. Race, Kinship, and Gender in the Caribbean.
Part VI: Race, Caste and the Nation. .
27. Race and the Creolization in the Caribbean.
31. Caste, communalism, and the Nation in Contemporary India.
Part VII: Hierarchy and Politics. .
32. Hierarchy and a Sociology of Politics.
33. Hierarchy and a Politics of Sociology.
"This wide–ranging book considers political ideologies, European colonialism, and classical and contemporary social theory, especially that of Marx and Levi–Strauss." S. D. Borchert, Lake Erie College.
"an interesting work." Contemporary Sociology
"Smaje′s book is a major contribution to the area. It is ambitious, erudite, and insightful." Ethnic and Racial Studies