ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Towards an Indian Petty Bourgeoisie-Outline of an Approach

Outline of an Approach Burton Stein Study of historical Indian class formation has long been frustrated by the hostility of academic social science to class-based analyses, in part because caste is taken to be the sociology of India. Caste is only one among several historical socio-cultural institutions which must be de-essentialised and provided with context and contingency This may be possible through an exploration of the rise of that most troublesome of all classes, the petty bourgeoisie.

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