The Structural Position of a South Indian Caste: Kontaikkatti Velalar-s in Tamilnadu

Author: 
Barnett, Stephen Alan
Year: 
1970

     This dissertation will concentrate on a single caste, Kontaikkatti Velalar, in and around Madras City, Tamilnadu, South India, describing its caste culture and caste rank. A description of the history and regional interconnections of Velalars is followed by an account of caste transactions and internal structure. Next the dissertation addresses the caste's external structure: The outlining of local transactions is only the first step in understanding [Kontaikkatti Velalar] structural position. We must now ask what are the rules ordering these transactions and what gives them significance and meaning. Or put another way, what is the [Kontaikkatti Velalar] conceptual framework? Then processes of recent change in Kontaikkatti Velalar villages are discussed along with the impact of those changes on the caste's structural position.

Advisor(s): 
McKim Marriott (chair), Milton B. Singer, Clifford Geertz, Sol Tax
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