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Worship and conflict under colonial rule [electronic resource] : a South Indian case / Arjun Appadurai.

Author/Creator:
Appadurai, Arjun, 1949-
Publication:
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1981.
Series:
Cambridge South Asian studies ; 27.
Cambridge South Asian studies ; 27
Cambridge South Asian studies ; 27
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (x, 266 p. )
Subjects:
Religion and state -- India -- Case studies.
India -- Religion -- Case studies.
India -- Politics and government -- 1765-1947 -- Case studies.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Although temples have been important in South Indian society and history, there have been few attempts to study them within an integrated anthropological framework. Professor Appadurai develops such a framework in this ethnohistorical case study, in which he interprets the politics of worship in the Sri Partasarati Svami Temple, a famous ancient Sri Vaisnava shrine in India. The author uses the methods and concepts of both cultural anthropology and social history to construct a model of institutional change in South Asia under colonial rule. Focusing on the problem of authority as a cultural concept and as a managerial reality, Professor Appadurai considers some classic problems of South Asian anthropology: problems of deference, sumptuary symbolism, and religious organization. In addition, he addresses such issues as the nature of conflict under a hybrid colonial legal system, the political implications of sumptuary disputes, and the structure of relations between polity and religion in pre-modern South Asia. These aspects of the study should interest a broad range of scholars.
Notes:
Includes index.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-255) and index.
ISBN:
0-521-05358-7
0-511-86634-8
0-511-55793-0
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