Power and Resistance

Power and Resistance - Caste, Power, and Resistance Caste:...

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Caste, Power, and Resistance
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Caste: A hierarchical system of social organization based on cultural beliefs about purity and pollution.
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Caste – Key features Ranked hierarchy Ascribed by birth Structured in terms of who can marry whom: can only marry someone of your own caste. Food transactions between castes are restricted Occupational division of labor
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The Varna scheme Classical model upon which caste is thought to be based Brahmin – priest Kshatriya – warrior landlords Vaishya – merchants Shudra – service caste Achut -- untouchables
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Brahmin – Traditional occupation as ritual priest
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Untouchability A belief that pure groups must not come in contact with impure groups. Outlawed in modern India, but still an important feature of social organization.
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Ideology A world view that justifies the social arrangements under which people live Caste ideology is based on the ranking of people based on relative degrees of purity.
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