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The Poison in the Gift: Ritual, Prestation, and the Dominant Caste in a North Indian Village

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The Poison in the Gift is a detailed ethnography of gift-giving in a North Indian village that powerfully demonstrates a new theoretical interpretation of caste. Introducing the concept of ritual centrality, Raheja shows that the position of the dominant landholding caste in the village is grounded in a central-peripheral configuration of castes rather than a hierarchical ordering. She advances a view of caste as semiotically constituted of contextually shifting sets of meanings, rather than one overarching ideological feature. This new understanding undermines the controversial interpretation advanced by Louis Dumont in his 1966 book, Homo Hierarchicus, in which he proposed a disjunction between the ideology of hierarchy based on the "purity" of the Brahman priest and the "temporal power" of the dominant caste or the king.

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This monograph is a study of the semiotic aspects of giving and receiving, len-den as it is called, in the Hindi-speaking region of northern India. It is based on eighteen months of fieldwork, carried out mostly in the village of Panhansu, from September 1977 to March 1979. More specifically, it is a study of the way in which three important aspects of intercaste and kinship relations--aspects that I have called centrality and mutuality, as well as hierarchy--are differentially foregrounded and implemented in the contexts of the giving and receiving of particular named prestations.

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Preface

1. Introduction: Toward a Redefinition of "Dominance" in North Indian Society

2. Auspiciousness and Inauspiciousness as Cultural Constructs

3. The Structure of Ritual Action

4. The Ritual Contexts of Dan and the Ritual Construction of Gujar Centrality

5. Prestation Types and Terminological Usages: Shifting Configurations of Castes and Kinsmen in Pahansu

6. Conclusions

Notes

References

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780226707280
Subtitle:
Ritual, Prestation, and the Dominant Caste in a North Indian Village
Author:
Raheja, Gloria Goodwin
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Gifts
Subject:
Rites and ceremonies
Subject:
Kinship
Subject:
Caste
Subject:
Pahansu (India)
Subject:
Brahmans.
Subject:
Pahansu (India) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Ceremonial exchange.
Subject:
Pahansu
Subject:
Gujars
Subject:
Ceremonial exchange -- India -- Pahansu.
Subject:
Gujars -- Rites and ceremonies.
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
Bd. 19
Publication Date:
19880915
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 halftones, 14 line drawings, 4 maps
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
9.31x6.24x.87 in. 1.10 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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"Synopsis" by , This monograph is a study of the semiotic aspects of giving and receiving, len-den as it is called, in the Hindi-speaking region of northern India. It is based on eighteen months of fieldwork, carried out mostly in the village of Panhansu, from September 1977 to March 1979. More specifically, it is a study of the way in which three important aspects of intercaste and kinship relations--aspects that I have called centrality and mutuality, as well as hierarchy--are differentially foregrounded and implemented in the contexts of the giving and receiving of particular named prestations.
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