Author: Andre Beteille
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195641078
This volume brings together some of the most important essays written over the past two decades bevy one of India's most distinguished social scientists.
They focus upon the relationship between various forms of inequality and distinction and on concepts of the person; on the relationship between the values of equality and individualism; and the ambivalent role of the modern Indian state as the guarantor of these values.
represents the best of Beteill's contribution to sociology in general and Indian sociology in particular. But for the layman this book will definitely serve as a guide to caste politics in India. The Economic Times
Beteille's style is accessible not just to the scholar but to the student as well. The Sunday Observer
insights into what makes Indian society so distraught. The clarity of his style is bound up with the integrity of his thought. The Times of India