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Worship and conflict under colonial rule : a South Indian case /
Arjun Appadurai.
imprint
Cambridge [Eng.] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1981.
description
x, 266 p. : ill., maps. --
ISBN
0521231221
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imprint
Cambridge [Eng.] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1981.
isbn
0521231221
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
4417304
 
Bibliography: p. 247-255.
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Main Description
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.
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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.
Table of Contents
The South Indian temple: cultural model and historical problem
Kings, sects, and temples: South Indian Sri Vaisnavism, 1350-1700
British rule and temple politics, 1700-1826
From bureaucracy to judiciary, 1826-1878
Litigation and the politics of sectarian control, 1878-1925
Rethinking the present: some contextual implications
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