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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Castes of Mind is an ambitious book, written by an accomplished scholar with a rare mastery of centuries of Indian history and anthropology. Start reading Castes of Mind: Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Write a customer review.

The Annotated Critical Edition. Even for the nonspecialist, the results of this gripping book are remarkable to behold. Dirks thus shows the importance of such instruments of epistemic rule that are disguised as tools of bureaucracy, legibility, and documentation.

First, Dirks shows how caste was invented, reformulated, and put into action involving the work of both British and Indian actors, Brahmins, administrators, and information gatherers. You do not currently have access to this article. Colonialism and Its Forms of Knowledge.

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Dirks argues that the work of Bayly, Washbrook, and the Cambridge school pull attention away from the importance of the colonial state. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Anthropology as Colonial Rule Pages Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

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The Scandal of Empire: Dirks history and anthropology, Columbia Univ. Most users should sign in with their email address. Please try again later. Nevertheless, this groundbreaking work of interpretation demands a careful scholarly reading and response. 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.

Is India’s caste system the remnant of ancient India’s social practices or the result of the historical relationship between India and British colonial rule? No one before Dirks has examined the ways in which caste gathers from as well as ignores the complex realities and hierarchies of Indian society.

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Dirks does not contend that caste was invented by the British. Buy the selected items together This item: Add both to Ddirks Add both to List. You are commenting using your Facebook account. A tremendous feat of anthropological history, Castes of Mind demonstrates how the nationalist movement and post-colonial histories are implicated in British colonial processes of knowledge production.


Colonialism and the Making of Modern India is a literature review of four centuries of scholarship on caste, a study of colonial knowledge and categorization, and mknd intervention in understandings of caste politics and nationalism, cstes into a post-colonial history of modern India. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

October Copyright year: The Conversion of Caste Pages Nicholas Dirks is a subtle unraveler of the dense, many-layered fabric of India’s colonial and modern history as they converge in the idea and practice of caste.

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Colonialism and the Making of Modern India. His thesis embraces substantial and powerfully argued evidence. Colonial Anthropology and caetes Invention of Custom Pages More options … Overview Content Contact Persons.

Social Identity in the Old Regime Pages When thinking of India, it is hard not to think of caste. Email required Address never made public. But under British domination caste did become a single term capable of naming and above all subsuming India’s diverse forms of social identity and organization.

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