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Homo Hierarchicus

The intellectual tools shaped in the Indian forge were now to be applied to the understanding of another civilization. Does Dumont try to state it? Internal caste government A year later, inhe succeeded M.

He also learnt Sanskrit. Holism and Individualism Dumont broadened his audience by his works on Western individualism: As for what has happening in the 20th century, although Dumont explicitly recognized the emergence of inter-caste competitiveness aaequalis place of a structure of independence as a departure from tradition. He describes mainly three things: In the last, Dumont discusses the significant changes in the castes.

The fieldwork, however, contributed to his interest in inter-regional comparison and he published searching analyses of marriage and kinship terminology. Justice and Authority The place of ideology On yet another plane of analysis, homo hierarchicus is contrasted with his modern Western antithesis, homo aequalis.

You must be logged in to post a comment. And, if it accounts for the contrast between Brahmins and untouchables, can it account equally for the division of society into a large number of groups, themselves sometime extremely sub-divided?


There, he developed a close relationship with Evans-Pritchard. His main areas of interest in sociology are Hinduism, caste, kinship in ancient India, and social-political movements in modern India. Here it would be helpful to remember that for a social anthropologist, fieldwork is not limited to noting different behavioural characteristics.

Louis Dumont, Homo aequalis,

aequails The French sociological tradition leads Dumont to stress the role dumoht ideology in moulding human behaviour and, therefore, to bring together sociology and Indology. In this journal, Dumont published a number of studies on the themes like village community, caste, marriage, kinship, renunciation and nationalism. From System to Structure: Grandson dumot a painter and son of an engineer, Dumont combined his way of looking at the world with the qualities of both vocations, namely, creative imagination and an abiding interest in the concrete.

But it might well be the royal road for the advancement of sociological understanding. Dumont broadened his audience by his works on Western individualism: Castes and ourselves 2. His focus of debate has been India and the West: Tocqueville on equality 6. Dumont maintains that many of the Indo logists confuse the varna with caste, mainly because the classical literature is concerned almost entirely with the varnas.

He focused on the need to understand the ideology of caste as reflected in the classical texts. He was taken as prisoner of war and was detained in a factory on the outskirts of Aequals.


He advocated the use of an Indological and structuralist approach to the study of caste system and village social structure in India. For us, the political is indeed necessarily partial, since it must not be confused with the religious. To him, the hierarchy of caste is religious in nature and is marked by the disjunction between status and power. Dumont used ethnographic details in this study and applied holistic dumnot. The purity and impurity opposition highlighted by Dumont is also not universal.

Inat the end of the war, he came back to home. Is this definition comparative? The first is one dumonf the richest ethnographic accounts of India ever published, while the latter one was written in English and dedicated to Claude Levi-Strauss. The individual and society du,ont. Defining ideology, he writes: You might also like.

Louis Dumont Complete English edition, revised. Social ideas are dumon that must be understood in the overall picture of a particular society. Any social hierarchy, then, is perpetrated and perpetuated by elites and is struggled against as circumstances permit, by those they oppress. The two are inseparable.

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