By Michael Roberts

Caste clash and Elite Formation is a examine within the social background of Sri Lanka. besides the fact that, it doesn't in simple terms record the striking successes in employer and within the acquisition of Western-educated specialist abilities which have been accomplished through households from the Karava caste over the last centuries; their advances, and the social and political struggles which followed this approach, are hired as a window in which a survey of social switch in Sri Lanka over the last 400 years is carried out. The curiosity of the ebook extends past the numerous interesting social incidents, historic developments and channels of elite formation which are defined inside of its pages to a sequence of managed comparisons which show the standards chargeable for the formation of the Karava elite. therefore the e-book extends the methodological frontiers of the social heritage of the area. It emphasizes the importance of the styles of caste discrimination and caste interplay in Sri Lankan politics, and divulges how those styles have been principal to the incentives and possibilities which powered the advances of the Karava households.

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9 It would appear, then, that the Karava moved across at various times in the period extending from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries. 10 As with the Durava, Salagama, Parava and Mukkuva communities, there is little reason to doubt that they originated from the Dravidian world of south India. In his study of the local history of Madampe in the early sixteenth century, the names of several residents led C. R. g. 13 So do a number of other features: (i) the arrival in the island at various times, notably in the thirteenth century, of south Indian peoples described as 'Mukkaras' or 'Mukkuvas' (probably the same people) whose origins are believed to be in Kerala; and the presence today in the Puttalam area on the island's northwest coast of Tamil-speaking Mukkuvas who adhere to the 9 C.

E. Sopher, 'Indian boat types as a cultural geographic problem', Bombay Geographical Magazine, vol. xm: 1, 1965 formerly known as Kannada;15 (iii) the Portuguese and Dutch practice of bringing over slaves, mercenary soldiers and 'coolies' from the Kanara and Malabar coasts;16 (iv) the origin 15 Edmund Peiris, 1953, pp. 13-15- Also see the relevant enclosures in Reports on Castes and Services in C O 54/71, Brownrigg to Bathurst, no. 290, 17 July 1818 (hereafter cited as RCS in 1818). 16 Memoirs of Van Goens 1663-1675, 1932, pp.

37-8; Peebles, 1973, p. 172; Ryan, 1953, pp. 11, 104; andRaghavan, 1961, passim esp. pp. 37-45. 13 Sopher, 1965, pp. 7-13; and below, pp. 22-3 and 88. Also see map 5. Caste conflict and elite formation 22 \ Arrows lines indicate of v\ \ \/ f \ hypothetical diffusion. 5 The lines of cultural diffusion of craft types along the South Asian strand. Reproduced from D. E. Sopher, 'Indian boat types as a cultural geographic problem', Bombay Geographical Magazine', vol. e. Kerala) fishermen known as Mukkuvan;14 (ii) the presence of a small community known as the Kannadiyans or Canarese in the island of Mannar who were probably from present-day Kanara or the area in Mysore 14 Documenta Indica, ed.

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