What is Mines thesis? What is he trying to say? Is he trying to say that 18th century madras was weakly administered, the society was highly personalised, antagonisms were rife, and relationships constantly in flux, a product of personal competition and opportunistic alliances between individuals rather than of any company hegemony or even of local social hierarchy? Is that all of what he is trying to say?
What was the impact of the Pitt Act – can we say that relationships became increasingly disentangled and that senses of self were expressed within the fabric of law rather than through interpersonal relationships in the sense that social relations were no longer internal, but external?
How would you respond to his example of the “big man” society?
What were the sources of authority according to him and how did they play out vis-à-vis personal relationships? Does he deal with the changing ways in which people represented themselves?
Case 1: Chitteramah Chittee. – How do you link the usage of phrases such as “men of good repute” and the existing hierarchical relations of mutual benefit? What kind of system of homours and obligations were in place? What is the effect of the decision?
Case 2: Kistnama Chittee, What has happening, politically, around that time? Did society mirror those changes? What was the defence like? Was it a “legal” or a “socio-cultural” defence?
Case 3: Somosoonthurum Chetty