The Modernity of Tradition: Political Development in India

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University of Chicago Press, Jul 15, 1984 - Political Science - 316 pages
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Stressing the variations in meaning of modernity and tradition, this work shows how in India traditional structures and norms have been adapted or transformed to serve the needs of a modernizing society. The persistence of traditional features within modernity, it suggests, answers a need of the human condition.

Three areas of Indian life are analyzed: social stratification, charismatic leadership, and law. The authors question whether objective historical conditions, such as advanced industrialization, urbanization, or literacy, are requisites for political modernization.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
5
TRADITIONAL STRUCTURES AND MODERN POLITICS CASTE
17
Marx Modernity and Mobilization
19
The Sociology of Caste Associations
31
Horizontal Mobilization
38
The Politics of Caste
66
Fission Fusion and Decompression
90
The Social Conditions of Political Integration
105
SelfControl and Political Potency
194
ThisWorldly Asceticism and Political Modernization
218
The Private Origins of Public Obligation
242
The New Meaning of Old Paths
249
LEGAL CULTURES AND SOCIAL CHANGE PANCHAYATS PANDAITS AND PROFESSIONALS
253
Traditional and Modern Justice
256
The Modernity of Brahmanic Law
271
The Anglicization of Indian Law
281

The Test of Fellow Feeling
134
THE TRADITIONAL ROOTS OF CHARISMA GANDHI
157
The Fear of Cowardice
162
Gandhi and the New Courage
185

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