A Family and Kinship: Study of the Pandits of Rural Kashmir

ISBN : 9780199465439

T.N. Maden
368 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Feb 2016
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Soon after its publication in 1965, this book earned recognition in anthropological and sociological circles as a pioneering and ethnographically rich account of the Hindu familyindeed it has since become a classic. It has been widely cited and discussed, and used as a text worldwide in courses on kinship. In his foreword, Professor J.A. Barnes (then at the Australian National University) wrote: Dr Madans study adds to our understanding of social behaviour in general, without restriction on region and epoch. Professor Leela Dube, in her 1974 review, wrote: [This book] is the only full length published study focusing entirely on family and kinship as they function within Hindu society. It contains excellent ethnography, gives vivid details of various aspects of Pandit life, offers useful numerical and graphic data. Three decades later Professor Michael Witzel (Harvard) said: The book was my Bible during the 1970s in my search for the literary traditions of the Kashmiri Pandits. This fiftieth anniversary edition contains a new preface by the author, who highlights the loss of the traditional Pandit way of life between the years of his fieldwork (195686) and now.


Preface to the Fiftieth Anniversary Edition
Preface to the Second Paperback Edition
Preface to the Paperback Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1. Introduction: Problems and Methods
2. Kashmiri Pandits: History and Social Organization
3. Utrassu-Umanagri
4. The Homestead and the Household
5. Recruitment to the Household: (1) Birth and Adoption
6. Recruitment to the Household: (2) Marriage and Incorporation
7. The Economic Aspect of the Household
8. Partition of the Household
9. The Family and the Patriliniage
10. The Wider Kinship Structure: Non-agnatic Kin
11. Household and the Family among the Pandits of Rural Kashmir: Concluding Review
Appendix I Structural Implications of Marriage: Wife-givers and Wife-takers
Appendix II The Ideology of the Householder
Appendix III The Language of Kinship: (1) Kinship and Terminology
Appendix IV The Language of Kinship: (2) Proverb
Appendix V The Convoy: A Note on Five Informants
Appendix VI On Living Intimately with Strangers

About the author: 

T.N. Madan is Honorary Professor at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland and Docteur Honoris Causa of the University of Paris (Nanterre).

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