The Poison in the Gift
By:Gloria Goodwin Raheja
Published on 1988-09-15 by University of Chicago Press

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.

This Book was ranked at 27 by Google Books for keyword connections in death.

Book ID of The Poison in the Gift's Books is Hy-eaXmEwggC, Book which was written byGloria Goodwin Rahejahave ETAG "a3II0sMJqPU"

Book which was published by University of Chicago Press since 1988-09-15 have ISBNs, ISBN 13 Code is 9780226707297 and ISBN 10 Code is 0226707296

Book which have "286 Pages" is Printed at BOOK under CategorySocial Science

Book Preview