The Modernity of Tradition

The Modernity of Tradition

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Author: Rudolph & Rudolph
Publisher: Orient Longman
Year: 1987
Language: English
Pages: 306
ISBN/UPC (if available): 978-0-00-216004-9

Description

This classic text in the fields of sociology and political science has greatly influenced our understanding of political development in a tradition-bound society like India.

When it was first published, 'tradition' and 'modernity' were generally seen as opposed categories. By showing that caste groups reassert their identity in different modern contexts in new ways, this book has opened up new ways of looking at and understanding the complexities of political development and social change in India.

Contents

INTRODUCTION

PART ONE
TRADITIONAL STRUCTURES AND MODERN POLITICS : CASTE
Marx, Modernity and Mobilization
Paracommunities : The Sociology of Caste Association
Horizontal Mobilization : The Nadars : The Venniyars
The Politics of caste
Differential Mobilization : Fission, Fusion, Decompression
The Future of Equality : the Social Conditions of Political Integration
Untouchability : The Test of Fellow Feeling

PART TWO
THE TRADITIONAL ROOTS OF CHARISMA : GANDHI
The Fear of Cowardice
Gandhi and the New Courage
Self-Control and Political Potency
This-Worldly Asceticism and Political Modernization
The Private Origins of Public Obligation
The New Meaning of Old Paths

PART THREE
LEGAL CULTURES AND SOCIAL CHANGE : PANCHAYATS, PANDITS, AND PROFESSIONALS
Traditional and Modern Justice
The Modernity of Brahmanic Law
The Anglicization of Indian Law

APPENDIX
INDEX