Priests and Cobblers: A Study of Social Change in a Hindu Village in Western Nepal - A. Patricia CaplanLondon: Intertext Books, 1972, Paperback.
Condition: Very Good. Faint stain to the join of the upper wrapper, previous owners' name verso.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Tables; Plans;
From the cover: “This book is a study of the changing relations between members of the priestly caste and a group of untouchables. The study covers the last few decades in a Hindu village in Western Nepal. From a position of almost total economic dependence on the priestly caste (Brahmins), the untouchables (Cobblers) have become increasingly independent because of the new opportunities available in the expanding economy of the area. As a result of this they have begun to oppose the Brahmins politically.
There is very little published material written by anthropologists on Hindu village society in Nepal, and also very little that deals with relations between high castes and untouchables anywhere in South Asia. The author does, however, put her study into a wider perspective by comparing it with other literature on change in South Asia.”