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Caste in Contemporary India

by Surinder Singh Jodhka 


  • Surinder Singh Jodhka, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 
  • Hugo Gorringe, Edinburgh University 
  • Manpreet Janeja, University of Copenhagen 
  • Ravinder Kaur, University of Copenhagen 


Short book description:  

Caste is a contested terrain in India’s society and polity. This book explores contemporary realities of caste in rural and urban India. Presenting rich empirical findings across north India, it presents an original perspective on the reasons for the persistence of caste in India today.

About the author:

Surinder Singh Jodhka is Professor of Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is also a Honorary Fellow at the Indian School of Political Economy in Pune, and during the period 2008–2010, he was the Director for the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies. His recently published books include ”Religions, Communities, Development: Changing Contours of Policy and Politics in Contemporary India” (edited with Gurpreet Mahajan): Routledge, New Delhi, 2010; ”Village Society: Culture, Politics and Social Life in Rural India”. Orient Blackswan. Edited, 2012; and ”Changing Caste: Mobility, Ideology, Identity”. Sage Publications, New Delhi. Edited, 2012. The most recent publication is a book entited ”Caste: Oxford India Short Introductions” published by Oxford University Press in July 2012.