Homo Hierarchicus: The Caste System and Its Implications

  title={Homo Hierarchicus: The Caste System and Its Implications},
  author={Louis Dumont},
Louis Dumont's modern classic, here presented in an enlarged, revised, and corrected second edition, simultaneously supplies that reader with the most cogent statement on the Indian caste system and its organizing principles and a provocative advance in the comparison of societies on the basis of their underlying ideologies. Dumont moves gracefully from the ethnographic data to the level of the hierarchical ideology encrusted in ancient religious texts which are revealed as the governing… 

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