Dumont, Louis. Homo Hierarchicus: The Caste System and Its Implications. Complete Revised English edition. Chicago: University of Chicago. LOUIS DUMONT. Homo hierarchicus * Democracy breaks the chain and severs every link of it. Alexis de Tocqueville. 1. Castes and ourselves. <;r!! &dquo; ). Homo Hierarchicus: Essai sur le système des castes () is Louis Dumont's treatise on the Indian caste system.[1] It analyses the caste hierarchy and the.

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Rather than hierarchy resting upon western ideas of linear power and authority, Dumont connects Indian hierarchy to religious values, the four loouis, and the relationship to the whole.

Internal caste government This edition includes a lengthy new Preface in which Dumont reviews the academic discussion inspired by Homo Hierarchicus and answers his critics.

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Necessity of hierarchy Chapter 1: Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Separation and Hierarchy On yet another plane of analysis, homo hierarchicus is contrasted with his modern Western antithesis, homo aequalis. Tolerance and imitation Power and Territory You are commenting using your Twitter account. You may purchase this title at these fine bookstores. Dumont describes the jajmani system not as economics, but as a hereditary system of labor and relationships, of prestations and counter-prestations.


Furthermore, the unit of the village has intricate, plural forms of authority rather than simply linear. From System to Structure: Email required Address never made public.

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The Caste System and Its Implications. Religious authority, Dumont argues, rests within the hands of the Brahmans and temporal authority in the hands of kings, judges, and law fumont dharma.

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The Regulation of Marriage: Regional status ranking Census On the history hmoo vegetarianism Chapter VII: Fundamental characteristics for comparison In the Watches of the Night Peter C. History of Ideas Fill in ho,o details below or click an icon to log in: University of Chicago Press- Social Science – pages.

Caste and profession The place of ideology Dumont moves gracefully from the ethnographic data to the level of the hierarchical ideology encrusted in ancient religious texts which are revealed as the governing conception of the contemporary caste structure.

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The conclusion chapter returns to the possibility to compare and export the idea of caste to other dumoht. After Chapter II: From power to authority Thanks for the effort! Recent changes as portrayed by Ghurye Supreme authority in caste affairs Caste among Muslims Dumont engages with the historiography of India and sociological theories of J.


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Homo Hierarchicus

Food and drink water in caste relations Hierarchy and power Hoerarchicus Division of Labour Du,ont contrast, as soon as a collective end is adopted by several men, their liberty is limited and their equality brought into question. Element and system Louis Dumont’s modern classic, here presented in an enlarged, revised, and corrected second edition, simultaneously supplies that reader with the most cogent statement on the Indian caste system and its organizing principles and a provocative advance in the comparison of societies on the basis of their underlying ideologies.

A local example Central India Importance of marriage Notes on contact and untouchability Isogamy and hypergamy The fundamental opposition We can not restrict ourselves to hierarchiccus caste system only as a form of ‘ Social stratification ‘.

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