THE POISON IN THE GIFT: RITUAL, PRESTATION AND THE DOMINANT CASTE IN A NORT H INDIAN VILLAGE

THE POISON IN THE GIFT: RITUAL, PRESTATION AND THE DOMINANT CASTE IN A NORT H INDIAN VILLAGE

By: Raheja, Gloria Goodwin Goodwin

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A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. The Poison in the Gift is a detailed ethnography of gift-giving in a North Indian village that powerfully demonstrates a new theoretical interpretation of caste. Introducing the concept of ritual centrality, Raheja shows that the position of the dominant landholding caste in the village is grounded in a central-peripheral configuration of castes rather than a hierarchical ordering. She advances a view of caste as semiotically constituted of contextually shifting sets of meanings, rather than one overarching ideological feature. This new understanding undermines the controversial interpretation advanced by Louis Dumont in his 1966 book, Homo Hierarchicus, in which he proposed a disjunction between the ideology of hierarchy based on the "purity" of the Brahman priest and the "temporal power" of the dominant caste or the king.

Title: THE POISON IN THE GIFT: RITUAL, PRESTATION AND THE DOMINANT CASTE IN A NORT H INDIAN VILLAGE

Author Name: Raheja, Gloria Goodwin Goodwin

Categories: Anthropology,

Publisher: University Of Chicago Press: 1988

ISBN Number: 0226707296

ISBN Number 13: 9780226707297

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: RWARE0000045598