Unformatted text preview: (based on individuals efforts). It then talks about a caste system, which is based on birth or ascribed status. In these systems like the one in India, there is no mobility between classes and you must marry into the class you were born into. The example in the book they use is India’s caste system, which has four caste categories related to Hindu religious beliefs, Brahmins (highest rank), Kshatriyas, Vaisyas, and Shudras (lowest). Below all these castes are the untouchables who are thought to be so impure that their touch or shadow can contaminate the purity of higher castes. Rank of castes is based on prestige rather than wealth. A question you could ask yourself: In the Declaration of Independence of the United States, it states, “all men are created equal.” Do you think that in America that everyone has an equal amount of life chances and that the “American Dream” is a realistic goal that all can reach if they work hard enough?...
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