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The Remembered Village$
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M.N. Srinivas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198077459

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077459.001.0001

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How It All Began

How It All Began

(p.1) Chapter 1 How It All Began
The Remembered Village

M.N. Srinivas

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This chapter describes how the author's study of Rampura, a multi-caste village in Mysore, began in 1945–46 when he was a doctoral student in social anthropology at Oxford. According to Radcliffe-Brown, the author's teacher, it is a fact that extant studies did not give an idea of day-to-day social relations between members of diverse castes living in a small community. An important social process in Mysore, if not in South India as a whole, is the urbanization of Brahmins. This process is yet to be studied, and its many consequences and implications understood.

Keywords:   Rampura, South India, multi-caste village, social anthropology, Radcliffe-Brown, Mysore, Brahmins

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