- Title Pages
- 1 In Place of Ritual
- 2 The City and the Pagoda
- 3 Territorial Cults and the Urbanization of the Chinese World
- 4 Global and Religious
- 5 The Muharram Procession of Mumbai
- 6 Urban Processions
- 7 Urban Megachurches and Contentious Religious Politics in Seoul
- 8 Good Thoughts, Good Words, and Good (Trust) Deeds
- 9 The Urban Development and Heritage Contestation of Bangkok’s Chinatown
- 10 Dealing with the Dragon
- 11 Contested Religious Space in Jakarta
- 12 Urban Buddhism in the Thai Postmetropolis
- 13 From Village to City
- 14 The Politics of Desecularization
- 15 Parallel Universes
- 16 The Flexibility of Religion
- 17 Cultivating Happiness
- 18 Other Christians as Christian Others
- 19 Aspiring in Karachi
- 20 Can Commodities be Sacred?
- 21 Cinema and Karachi in the 1960s
- 22 The Cinematic Soteriology of Bollywood
- 23 Media, Urban Aspirations, and Religious Mobilization Among Twelver Shi‘ites in Mumbai
- 24 Internet Hindus
From Village to City
From Village to City
Hinduism and the “Hindu Caste System”
- (p.237) 13 From Village to City
- Handbook of Religion and the Asian City
- University of California Press
This chapter examines the village within the context of Hinduism and the Hindu caste system in India. M. N. Srinivas argued that “if and when caste disappears, Hinduism will also disappear.” Writing in 1956, he assumed that the secularizing forces of modernity threatened not only Hinduism but all religions with dissolution. In Srinivas's view, Hinduism was more vulnerable than religions such as Islam and Christianity because it lacked a strong institutional structure. Far from spelling the demise of Hinduism, this chapter argues that city life and urbanization have revitalized it. It considers how Hinduism has become a religion in a relatively caste-free environment, a religion that the Dalits can truly call their own. Finally, it discusses the religion of urban Dalits as it relates to worldly ends, moral universalism, and individual choice.
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