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Some argue that race and gender sometimes functions like a caste system in the United States

Some argue that race and gender sometimes functions like a caste system in the United States

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Some argue that race and gender sometimes functions like a caste system in the United States. People are born with their race and their gender. 1. Endogamy In a caste society, people have to marry within their own caste. 2. Ritual Pollution In caste societies many members guard against ritual pollution. Contact between members of the upper caste and the lower caste is inappropriate. Such contact is seen by the members of the upper caste as unclean. In the Indian caste system upper caste individuals avoid even the shadow of an untouchable. The shadow of an untouchable's house is polluting to members of the upper castes. Class: Achieved Status The class system is an open form of stratification based primarily on economic criteria.
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Unformatted text preview: The boundaries between classes are more fluid than with the caste system . Individuals can move around within the class system . Their status can improve or decline. Class membership depends, at least in part, on characteristics which the individual can control. Keep in mind, however, that people tend to be born into class structure. Change is difficult. Historic conditions determine social class structure. The ideology of the dominant culture perpetuates class structure. The type of class structure which allows the greatest mobility is generally a modern industrial society ....
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