Matriliny, Marxism, and the Birth of the Communist Party in Kerala, 1930–1940

  title={Matriliny, Marxism, and the Birth of the Communist Party in Kerala, 1930–1940},
  author={Robin Jeffrey},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={77 - 98}
  • Robin Jeffrey
  • Published 1 November 1978
  • Sociology
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
Abstract Why has communism flourished in some parts of Asia and not in others? Examining the case of Kerala, this paper argues that, in India at least, social dislocation is the crucial ingredient when added to poverty, landlessness, and literacy. In Kerala, the matrilineal family system of caste-Hindus and the attendant system of extreme disabilities enforced against the low castes collapsed in the early twentieth century. The social upheaval was greater than anywhere else in India. A déracin… 

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