Caste census and the impact of colonial sociology in British Assam

Show simple item record Sengupta, Madhumita Bharadwaj, Jahnu 2020-02-22T06:10:42Z 2020-02-22T06:10:42Z 2019-12
dc.identifier.citation Sengupta, Madhumita and Bharadwaj, Jahnu, “Caste census and the impact of colonial sociology in British Assam”, Asian Ethnicity, DOI: 10.1080/14631369.2019.1709802, Dec. 2019. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1463-1369
dc.identifier.issn 1469-2953
dc.description.abstract This essay challenges the salience of the caste question for writing a social history of modern Assam. It argues that pre-colonial records contained enough indicators for arguing that caste in Assam was never a rigid and impermeable social grid. The variegated nature of Assam�s geo-political and cultural past meant that the progress of Brahmanical culture here was neither smooth nor unmitigated. The essay argues that the region�s social and cultural intricacies could not be comprehended through an interpretive framework developed in a pan-Indian context. The same was, however, used by the census officials to streamline the region�s discrete patterns into rigidly structured hierarchies and uniformly imagined categories. Through a close reading of the pre-decennial and decennial census reports and other records from the nineteenth century, this essay identifies numerous misreading of local level empirical data that enabled the British to produce a uniform caste history for the region.
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Madhumita Sengupta and Jahnu Bharadwaj
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_US
dc.subject Caste en_US
dc.subject Religion en_US
dc.subject Enumeration en_US
dc.subject Rituals en_US
dc.subject Category en_US
dc.title Caste census and the impact of colonial sociology in British Assam en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.relation.journal Asian Ethnicity

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