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

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Classes, Like Ethnic Groups, Are Imagined Communities-A Response to Rao

Classes, Like Ethnic Groups, Are Imagined Communities A Response to Rao Ashutosh Varshney THE application of class analysis to India's countryside is in need of an intellectual renewal By repeatedly giving rise to, or participating in, the casteand religion-based movements, rural India has not only continued to flout the core predictions and propositions of the standard class analysis, but more importantly for our purposes, the concept of class has also undergone serious changes in the last decade and a half. The key challenges to the concept of class, as we used to practise it the 1960s and 1970s, have come from the theories of collective action on the one hand and of ethnicity and nationalism on the other.

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