The book Homo Hierarchicus: The Caste System and Its Implications, Louis Dumont is published by University of Chicago Press. Documents Similar To _Louis Dumont – Homo Aequalis(1).pdf. Philippe Corcuff as Novas Sociologias. Uploaded by. Julia Coelho ยท DUMONT Homo Aequalis. Homo Hierarchicus: The Caste System and Its Implications. 3. Homo aequalis . Dumont’s Homo Hierarchicus (), to some extent, revived the interest in.

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He describes mainly three things: The opposite is between the principles of purity and pollution. He has written on wide range of subjects such as Hinduism, caste, kinship, and social and political movements in India.

His understanding of caste lays emphasis on attributes of caste that is why, he is put in the category of those following the attributional approach to the caste system. He regarded this as behavioural change, rather than a radical transformation of the system as a whole, at the level of values or principles.

Louis Dumont : Biography and Contribution to World Sociology

Perhaps it will be objected here that these views are archaic, because democracy as we understand it means accepting disagreement and conflict, while the obsession with unity in the Jacobin manner, for example reflects an authoritarian concept of citizenship.

On hierarchy in general Is caste reinforcing itself? But the meaning of this distinction is not always well understood, as can be seen for example when readers think they detect an anti-modern prejudice in his thinking. Nevertheless, it counts as anthropology because it requires in us a change of perspective that involves a reform of our conceptual apparatus.

He was taken as prisoner of war and was detained in a aqeualis on the outskirts of Hamburgh. His approach to caste is basically Indological and structuralist. But it might well be the royal road for the advancement of sociological understanding.

The period aequalsi For him it is not a matter of replacing acting men with forces of which they are the instruments. He advocated the use of an Indological and structuralist approach to the study of caste system and village social structure in India. In larger areas of the world, death, birth and other such seclusion of the affected persons, for instance, aeqaulis newly delivered mother was actually excluded from the church for forty days at the end of which she would present herself carrying a lighted candle and would be met at the church porch by the priest.


Food in general Dumont felt that the study of the caste system is useful for the knowledge of India, and it is an important task of general sociology. Power and Territory As examples of this, Dumont gives the responses of Max Weber power is political if it has a monopoly of legitimate violence within the territory and Carl Schmitt power is defined as political when it designates its enemies.

Although, the duration of fieldwork was not much shorter than that in Tamil Nadu, north India did not attract him as the south had. His analysis is based on dumoht single principle, i.

Louis Dumont : Biography and Contribution to World Sociology

Just the head of state, the various powers, and the bureaucracy? Further reading References La Tarasque: Vincent Descombes emphasizes the substantial originality of that thought, which dumotn the political on the basis of comparative studies and in that way dispelled some of the equivocations of modern and contemporary philosophy. Previously published in French in laviedesidees. Readers of Hegel have to ask themselves each time whether Hegel is discussing the apparatus of the state or is making a sociological observation.

Here it would be helpful to remember that for a social anthropologist, fieldwork is dimont limited to noting different behavioural characteristics.

Homo Hierarchicus

Castes and ourselves 2. Dumont says that caste is not a form of stratification but dumong special form of inequality, whose essence has to be deciphered by the sociologists. Louis Dumont is very well known for his anthropological work on India, but rather less for his political thought. He could not see the relationship between castes as conflict ridden. In our history in the West, we see a gradual formation of the category of the political as we understand it, in aequalus surrounding the theological-political question: Separation and Hierarchy What in principle founds the political domain within the social?


III The third possible response is a sociological definition of the political as part of a whole. 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 conception of the contemporary caste aequaois.

Cultural and Social Anthropology. Dumont relies heavily on some classical Sanskrit texts while ignoring others.

What are the implications of this intellectual project for political thought? The Regulation of Marriage: Dumont and Pocock observed: How Should Politics Be Defined?

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II The second possible definition of politics falls between the preceding explanations, which dumnt completely encased in the shared modern meaning, and a fully comparative definition. Dumont is more concerned with system integration and system maintenance than with change or conflict. This is true in India and anywhere else.

Christians and caste However, if it believes it is capable of doing without that concept, it is because it quickly equips itself with everything that is needed for political institutions to function in an autonomous and partial sphere: Dumont seems to have ignored the number of protest movements, which emerged in Indian history questioning the ideology of the caste division itself, through his emphasis on dumnt.

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