Status and Sacredness: A General Theory of Status Relations and an Analysis of Indian Culture / Edition 1

Status and Sacredness: A General Theory of Status Relations and an Analysis of Indian Culture / Edition 1

by Murray Milner
     
 

Status and Sacredness provides a new theory of status and sacral relationships and a provocative reinterpretation of the Indian caste system and Hinduism. Milner shows how in India and many other social contexts status is a key resource, and that sacredness can be usefully understood as a special form of status. By analyzing the nature of this resource Milner is

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Status and Sacredness provides a new theory of status and sacral relationships and a provocative reinterpretation of the Indian caste system and Hinduism. Milner shows how in India and many other social contexts status is a key resource, and that sacredness can be usefully understood as a special form of status. By analyzing the nature of this resource Milner is able to provide powerful explanations of the key features of the social structure, culture, and religion. He argues against the widely held view that the Indian caste system is best understood as a unique cultural development, demonstrating that many of the seemingly exotic features are variations on themes common to other societies. Milner's analysis is rooted in a new theoretical framework called "resource structuralism" that helps to clarify the nature and significance of power and symbolic capital. The book thus provides a bold new analysis of India, an innovative approach to the analysis of religion, and an important contribution to social theory.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195084894
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

A Note on Foreign Words
1Introduction3
2Theoretical Concepts18
3A Theory of Status Relationships: Key Elements29
4Key Features of Indian Society: What Is to Be Explained42
5Explaining the Key Features of Caste53
6The Social Categories of Traditional India63
7The Articulation of Status and Material Resources: Political and Economic Legitimacy80
8A Theory of Status Relationships: Additional Elements97
9Cultural Codes and Rituals: I106
10Cultural Codes and Rituals: II124
11Status Relations in Marriage Alliances143
12On the Nature of Sacredness163
13The Worship of Gods172
14Salvation and Soteriology189
15Eschatology204
16Conclusions228
Glossary243
Notes257
Bibliography303
Index324

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