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Author Appadurai, Arjun, 1949-

Title Worship and conflict under colonial rule : a South Indian case / Arjun Appadurai
Published Cambridge [Eng.] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1981


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Description x, 266 pages ; 22 cm
Series Cambridge South Asian studies ; 27
Cambridge South Asian studies ; 27
Contents Machine derived contents note: 1. The South Indian temple: cultural model and historical problem; 2. Kings, sects, and temples: South Indian Sri Vaisnavism, 1350-1700; 3. British rule and temple politics, 1700?1826; 4. From bureaucracy to judiciary, 1826?1878; 5. Litigation and the politics of sectarian control, 1878?1925; 6. Rethinking the present: some contextual implications
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.'--Publisher
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 247-255
Subject Religion and state -- India -- Case studies.
India -- Politics and government -- 1765-1947 -- Case studies.
India -- Religion -- Case studies.
LC no. 80024508
ISBN 0521231221