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Politics of Patronage and Protest: The State, Society, and Artisans in Early Modern Rajasthan

Nandita Prasad Sahai


This book addresses the process of state formation in early modern Rajasthan from the prism of subordinate groups such as artisans. By highlighting the multidimensional interface of the Marwar (Jodhpur) state with its resident artisans, the author discusses the imperatives of caste in the political culture of the period. The book focuses on the unclear boundaries between the binaries of superior and inferior castes, domination and subordination, coercion and concessions, great tradition and little tradition, and passivity and resistance. It also explores artisanal caste dialectics to unravel h ... More

Keywords: caste, caste domination, subordinate groups, Marwar state, craftsmen, wajabi, artisanal caste, artisanal experience, Jodhpur, caste politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195678963
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678963.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nandita Prasad Sahai, author