Social Formations of Early South India

Social Formations of Early South India

by Rajan Gurukkal


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ISBN-13: 9780198089391
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/23/2012
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rajan Gurukkal is the Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala. Previously, he served as Professor and Director, School of Social Sciences, at the same university.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Conceptual Preliminaries
Section I: Historiography and Method
1. Early Social Formations: A Historiographic Review
2. The Course of Social Historiography of Kerala
3. Semiotics of Ancient Tamil Poetics: A Methodological Consideration
Section II: Early Social Formations
4. Prehistoric Life in the Southern Western Ghats: Interpreting Rock-art
5. Tribes, Forest, and Social Formation in Early South India
6. Forms of Production and Forces of Change in Ancient Tamil Society
7. Early Iron Age Economy: Problems of Agrarian Expansion in Tamilakam
8. Writing, Literacy, and Social Formations in the Tamil South
9. Towards a New Discourse: Discursive Processes in Early South India
Section III: Social Transformations
10. Social Formation from the Ancient to Early Medieval
11. Historical Antecedents of the State Formation in the Deep South
12. Aspects of Great Transformation in Ancient Kerala
13. From Clan and Lineage to Hereditary Occupations and Caste
14. Spread of Writing in the Tamil South and Its Social Implications
Section IV: The New Social Formation
15. Temples as Sites of the New Social Formation
16. The Formation of Caste Society in Kerala: Historical Antecedents
17. Aspects of the Reservoir System of Irrigation in the Punya Country

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