The Poison in the Gift Ritual Prestation and the Dominant Caste in a North Indian Village 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 centr

  • Title: The Poison in the Gift: Ritual, Prestation, and the Dominant Caste in a North Indian Village
  • Author: Gloria Goodwin Raheja
  • ISBN: 9780226707297
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 hierarchicalThe 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.

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    2 thoughts on “The Poison in the Gift: Ritual, Prestation, and the Dominant Caste in a North Indian Village

    1. If I have to read one more ridiculous anthropological theory based on linguistic arguments of a tribe in India in a region no one's really familiar with (one which assumes that this tells us something big and grand about society because how could it not and i spent a year there so I am now an authority on a city which preserves the primeval order of society) I will quite possibly vomit. Perhaps this book is important because it suggests a few models OTHER THAN hierarchy and purity within which t [...]

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