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Everyday Lives Everyday Histories : Beyond the Kings and Brahmanas of Ancient India

Uma Chakravarti

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ISBN 10: 8189487043 / ISBN 13: 9788189487041
Published by Tulika, New Delhi, 2006
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Contents Acknowledgements. Note on spelling and style. History as practice introduction. I. Representing Ancient India 1. Whatever happened to the Vedic Dasi Orientalism Nationalism and a script for the past. 2. Inventing saffron history a celibate hero rescues an emasculated nation. II. Structures and processes 1. Towards a historical sociology of stratification in ancient India evidence from Buddhist sources. 2. Of Dasas and Karmakaras servile labour in ancient India. 3. In search of the peasant in early India was the Gahapati a peasant producer. 4. The social philosophy of Buddhism and the problem of inequality. 5. Conceptualizing Brahmanical patriarchy in early India gender caste class and state. 6. Gender caste and labour ideological and material structure of widowhood. III. Reading the past 1. Renouncer and householder in early Buddhism. 2. Women men and beasts The Jataka as popular tradition. 3. The development of the Sita Myth a case study of women in myth and literature. 4. The making and unmaking of Tradition The Ramayana narrative in two moments. 5. Exploring a No conflict zone interest emotion and the family in early India. 6. The world of the Bhaktin in South Indian traditions the body and beyond. Works cited. Glossary. Index. This volume of essays moves the historiography of ancient India in the service of a history of the present. The cultural onslaught of a brahmanical saffron culture within popular discourse and the fight against entrenched class and caste interests led by women Dalits and other marginalized groups frame this battle for ancient India. Through an in depth analysis of myths and original sources the author provides novel grounds for contesting the foundations of such charged concepts as nation civilization and womanly honour. Reading against the grain of canonical sources she presents a distinctive reading of lesser known Buddhist Pali texts the Jataka stories and even contemporary texts like the television serials Chanakya and Ramayana to demonstrate the stratifications in early Indian society. The book brings to light several crucial concepts and categories that make possible a sensitive delineation of social alienation class antagonism and gendered violence in ancient Indian society. The everyday histories of dasas karmakaras a grihinis bhaktins and gahapatis provide an understanding of ancient India away from the cliched invocations of ideal kings Brahmanas and pativratas. 328 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 61420

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Title: Everyday Lives Everyday Histories : Beyond ...

Publisher: Tulika, New Delhi

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardbound

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Essays on historiographyof ancient INdia, relevance for contemporary India. distinct reading of Buddhist texts, re-evaluation of epics and religious traditions, also detailed study of TV series on Chanakya and Ramayana. by a leading international scholar

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