The Vernacularisation of Democracy: Politics, Caste and Religion in India

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-03-20
  • Publisher: Routledge India

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"This book is an account of how Indian popular democracy works on the ground. Setting itself against conventional theories of democratisation, the book shows how the political rise of one of the most assertive and politically powerful communities in north India - the Yadavs - is situated within a wider process of the vernacularisation of democratic politics, foregrounding the ways in which values and practices of democracy become embedded in particular cultural and social practices, and thus become entrenched in the consciousness of common people." "Scholars of comparative politics, development politics, religious studies, urban studies, anthropology and social history will find this book especially interesting."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

Lucia Michelutti is Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Mapp. vi
List of Tablesp. vii
List of Abbreviationsp. viii
Notes on Language and Textp. x
Glossaryp. xi
Forewordp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Introduction: The Vernacularisation of Democracyp. 1
The Rise of Popular Democracy in North Indiap. 18
Sacred Topographies and Socio-economic Spaces: Mapping Political Theatresp. 41
Sons of Krishna: Genealogy, Colonial Knowledge and the Pastp. 67
The Salience of Kinship: The Making of a Numerous Communityp. 101
Religious Reformism: From Lineage Deities to Caste Deityp. 138
From the Mouth of Krishna: A Socialist Martial Rhetoricp. 161
'We are a Caste of Politicians's: A Folk Understanding of Democracyp. 186
Conclusion: Towards an Anthropological Understanding of Popular Politicsp. 217
Appendix Ip. 230
Bibliographyp. 231
Indexp. 246
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