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By Murray Milner

Status and Sacredness presents a brand new idea of prestige and sacral relationships and a provocative reinterpretation of the Indian caste process and Hinduism. Milner exhibits how in India and plenty of different social contexts prestige is a key source, and that sacredness could be usefully understood as a distinct kind of prestige. by way of examining the character of this source Milner is ready to supply robust motives of the foremost good points of the social constitution, tradition, and faith. He argues opposed to the generally held view that the Indian caste method is healthier understood as a distinct cultural improvement, demonstrating that the various doubtless unique positive aspects are adaptations on issues universal to different societies. Milner's research is rooted in a brand new theoretical framework referred to as "resource structuralism" that is helping to explain the character and importance of energy and symbolic capital. The e-book therefore presents a daring new research of India, an cutting edge method of the research of faith, and a major contribution to social theory.

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