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Caste, Class and Power: Changing Patterns of Stratification in a Tanjore Village

André Béteille


André Béteille’s Caste, Class and Power has grown out of his fieldwork in Sripuram in Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu. The book’s main strengths are the clarity of its descriptive analysis of the three caste groups and agrarian classes, as well as the interactions between them; and the force of its theoretical argument about the relationship between the caste structure, the class system and the distribution of political power. Its thesis about correspondence among the caste, class and political systems is considerably less convincing for the middling majority than for either the Brahmins or Adi ... More

Keywords: caste structure, class system, caste groups, political power, Brahmins, Adi-Dravidas, Sripuram, social structure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780198077435
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077435.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

André Béteille, author
Emeritus of Sociology, University of Delhi