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**Balasubramaniam, K. M  -Periyar E.V. Ramasami Periyar Self-Respect Propaganda Institution Publications, 1973

*Brenda E. F Beck - Peasant Society in Konku: A Study of Right and Left Subcastes in South India

*Brenda E. F Beck -  The three twins: The telling of a South Indian folk epic

*Brenda E. F Beck - The kin nucleus in Tamil folklore (Michigan papers on South and Southeast Asia ; 7)

* Casie Chitty, Simon - Castes, Customs, Manners and Literature of the Tamils,1992

*Civattampi, K´┐Żarttik´┐Żecu  - Understanding the Dravidian movement : problems and perspectives

*Daniel, E. Valentine -  Fluid Signs: Being a Person the Tamil Way , 1987

*Diehel, Anita - E. V. Ramaswami Naicker-Periyar : a study of the influence of a personality in contemporary South India

*Louis Dumont - Homo Hierarchicus : The Caste System and Its Implications (Nature of Human Society) 

*Ganesh, Kamala  - Boundary Walls: Caste and Women in a Tamil Community (Studies in Sociology and Social Anthropology), South Asia Books, 1993

Geetha, V and Rajadurai, S.V. Towards a Non Brahmin Millenium, Samya 1998

"...This book grew out of our desire to understand the complexities of the Non-Brahmin-Dravidian movement in Tamil Nadu which, in varying degrees, has come to inform and sustain political commonsense in the Tamil country...In a context when Brahmins claimed that birth was no more a badge of status and then went ahead to act and speak as if it was, non-Brahmins, comprising a range of castes and communities, including both those who owned land and those who laboured on it, claimed the contrary. They called attention to practices of discrimination, humiliation and negation suffered on account of their always already lowly birth, and came to articulate a philosophy and practice of rights which would help them combat inequality and humiliation..." more

*Gorringe, Hugo  - Untouchable Citizens: Dalit Movements and Democratization in Tamil Nadu

This book studies Dalit movements in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, their mode of organization, engagement in politics and contribution to processes of democratization and egalitarianism. Questions discussed include: How can democracy be preserved under conditions of extra-institutional mobilization? What is the current situation of Dalits in Tamil Nadu and why and in what manner do they resort to protest? How are egalitarian and democratic ideas initiated at the local level? How are the action concepts of social movements manifested in the everyday lives of their members? and What will be the impact of the entry of the Dalit Liberation Panthers into electoral politics on democracy in Tamil Nadu as well as India?

*Hollup, Oddvar - Bonded Labour: Caste and Cultural Identity Among Tamil Plantation Workers in Sri Lanka, Sterling Publishers, India,  Hardcover - June 1994

*Irschick, Eugene F. Politics and Social Conflict in South India: the non-Brahman movement and Tamil separatism, 1916-1929.  Berkeley and Los Angeles: 1969.

The first study of regional nationalism in South India, based primarily on the writing of Tamil nationalist leaders and focused on their efforts to mobilize against Brahman domination of native political life in the Madras Presidency. Now superceded, this remains a point of departure for any study of the subject.

**Irschick,  Eugene F. - Tamil Revivalism in the 1930s  Hardcover / Published 1986

*Karunanithi, G - Caste and class in industrial organisation: A case study of two industrial units in Tamil Nadu, Commonwealth Publishers, 1991

*McGilvray, Dennis Beaton -  Tamils and Moors: Caste and Matriclan structure in eastern Sri Lanka

Mines, Mattison. The Warrior Merchants: Textiles and Caste Organization Among the Kaikkolar Weavers of South India. 1983.

A study of the  professional weaving caste in Tamil Nadu, tracing its origins as an organized commercial group combining production, marketing, and territorial power to its central role in precolonial states. One of the exemplary efforts to connect historical research and ethnography.

*Mohan, P.E. 1993. Scheduled Castes: History of Elevation, Tamil Nadu, 1900-1955 Madras: New Era Publications, 1993

*Pandian, Jacob  Caste, nationalism, and ethnicity : an interpretation of Tamil cultural history and social order, 1987

".... in defining ethnicity it is necessary to make a distinction between the symbols of cultural boundaries that are transmitted from one generation to the next, and the use of these symbols - the explanations and interpretations of these symbols in the construction of group or ethnic identity....."

*Peyer. Nathalie (Editor) - Death and Afterlife in a Tamil Village: Discourses of Low Caste Women Lit Verlag, Paperback - August 2004

*Pfaffenberger, Bryan - Caste in Tamil Culture: The Religious Foundations of Sudra Domination in Tamil Sri Lanka, Syracuse, Syracuse University, 1982.

**Pillay, K. K - The caste system in Tamil Nadu (Dr. Annie Besant memorial lectures)University of Madras,1977

*Ramamurti, P - The Freedom Struggle and the Dravidian Movement - Orient Longman, 1987

*Ramasamy, Rajakrishnan - Caste Consciousness among Indian Tamils in Malaysia,1984

*Rajagopal, Indhu -Tyranny of Caste : The Non-Brahman Movement and Political Development in South India, Published 1985 

*Rudner, David  - Caste and Capitalism in Colonial India: Nattukottai Chettiars University of California Press, Paperback - January 1995

Ryan, Bryce - Caste in Modern Ceylon, New Brunswick, Rutgers University Press, 1953.

*Sekine, Yasumasa  - Theories of pollution: Theoretical perspective and practice in a South Indian Tamil village (Monumenta Serindica)

*Selvanathan, S - Status of Scheduled Castes,1990

*Sherring, Matthew Atmore - The tribes and castes of the Madras Presidency: together with an account of the tribes and castes of Mysore, Niligiri, and Travancore, etc

*Skjonsberg, Elsa - A Special Caste? : Tamil Women of Sri Lanka Published 1983

*Subramania Aiyar, A. V  - Kapilarahaval: A medieval Tamil poem on caste : a free English rendering with the text and an introd. on the evolution of caste and notes and appendices

*Subramaniam, Kuppu  - Brahmin priest of Tamil Nadu

*Subramanian, Narendra -  Ethnicity and Populist Mobilization: political parties, citizens and democracy in South India, Assistant Professor of Political Science, McGill University, Montreal, Canada; Ph.D.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology.; M.A.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.A.: Princeton University

"This is an outstanding study of Dravidian politics, the first to do full justice to the complexities and nuances of the subject, and should become the standard reference work for years to come. But, Narendra Subramanian's book is also much more. It pioneers new approaches to the study of Indian politics and contributes new insights into the comparative study of ethnicity, populism, pluralism and democracy. In its light, many conventional understandings of India's recent political history will have to be revised.' - David Washbrook, Professor of History, Oxford University

**Sundari, T. K  - Caste and the agrarian structure: A study of Chingleput District, Tamil Nadu, South India (Salas memorial fund series)  ,  Oxford & IBH Publishing Co

*Sunderaj, Victor  - Predictors of social mobility: Profile of the innovative and non-innovative scheduled castes of rural Tamil Nadu, 1994

**Suntharalingam, R. Politics and Nationalist Awakening in South India. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press for Association of Asian Studies, 1974.

A nationalist account of Tamil nationalism - details on social reform movements, literature, and colonial politics.

 *Templeman, Dennis  - The Northern Nadars of Tamil Nadu: An Indian Caste in the Process of Change,  OUP India , 1999

**Thiruchandran,Selvy  - The ideological factor in the subordination of women: A comparative analysis of Tamil women of Madras across caste and class,1993

*Thiruchandran, Selvy - Ideology, Caste, Class and Gender, 1997

*Trawick, Margaret - Notes on Love in a Tamil Family. University of California Press, Berkeley, 1992

*Vasumathi K. Duvvury - Play, Symbolism, and Ritual : A Study of Tamil Brahmin Women's Rites of Passage (American University Studies, Series Xi, Anthropology and Sociology,4) Published 1991

**Visswanathan, Dr.E.Sa - The Political Career of E.V.Ramasami NaickerRavi & Vasanthi Publishers, Madras



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