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Knowledge, mediation and empireJames Tod's journeys among the Rajputs$
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Florence D'Souza

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090806

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090806.001.0001

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Tod as anthropologist

Tod as anthropologist

trying to understand

(p.41) Chapter Two Tod as anthropologist
Knowledge, mediation and empire

Florence D’Souza

Manchester University Press

Tod’s observations on the social practice of the Rajputs and the Gujaratis can be situated in a context of attention by thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment and French Enlightenment philosophers to kinship systems, social customs, gradations and hierarchisations among different human groups. Tod seems to have tried to adapt his written reports to his field observations of the manners and customs, and the relation to history of the Rajputs and the Gujaratis, rather than project a preconceived grid of interpretation on their social practices with the sole object of consolidating the superiority of Western societies and justifying British colonial intervention in India. Whether it was concerning different, tribes, ethnic groups and dynasties, varying interpretations of the rights to the land, the social status of women, or local histories, Tod seems to have spent his energy mainly in trying to understand and then in presenting to his European readers, the complexities of his observations on the social practices of the Rajputs and the Gujaratis, rather than in situating them in any abstract, hierarchical scale of civilisations.

Keywords:   the Rajputs and the Gujaratis, kinship systems and social hierarchisations, manners and customs, relation to history, no preconceived grid of interpretation, tribes and ethnic groups, rights to the land, the social status of women, local histories, ground observations

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