caste system


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caste system

A system of social stratification in India, deriving from the Aryan hereditary division of the population into priests (Brahmins), warriors and rulers (Kshatriya), farmers and merchants (Vaisya), and laborers, artisans, and domestic servants (Sudra).
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Noun1.caste system - a social structure in which classes are determined by heredity
class structure - the organization of classes within a society
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Only a few Balinese intellectuals dared to discuss the relationship between the colonial caste system and the new idea of nationalism.
Although the BJP calls for Hindu nationalism, it has done very little to dismantle the entrenched caste system and basically represents the upper-caste interests.
In the highly formulaic plots of the classic Western, one didn't encounter a chaotic wilderness, but a social and political world as fixed and inflexible as any ancient caste system -- and as predictable as a roller coaster ride.
Gregory has used our paper as an occasion to protest against 'elitist' theories of the Indian caste system, to warn against the spread of Dumontian thought in Oceania, and to put graph theory and, by implication, every branch of mathematics, in its place as a 'mere instrument of thought.
Does a reading of the book persuade the well-informed reader that a study of the Indian caste system, identified as a primary pattern, will enrich our understanding of status relations in other societies and during other historical times?
Military medicine is an example of a complex caste system described by Bender.
Mahatma Gandhi struggled to reform the caste system in India renaming untouchables harijans--beloved of God.
Despite economic modernization and laws which make it illegal to discriminate against members who are in the lower end of the class structure, the caste system continues to be an important factor in Indian society (Wolpert, 1991).
The Old South as India, there are remarkable similarities: the consternation with a particular period when outsiders ruled (Reconstruction, the British occupation); a hearkening back to a golden age; a reverence for the native soil; an elaborate caste system with which to divide up the races; a preoccupation with one's place in society that's more important than money; a religious and political martyr (Gandhi, King) who preached nonviolence, led people to freedom, and was assassinated.
The results of the study showed that the social structure characterized by the caste system was an important factor in modifying the effects of economic development in the three villages, the important aspects of which were the sectoral transformation of the economy and the inter-generational occupational mobility.
Combining legal analysis with the meaning and origin of caste, it explores the remedies human rights law can propose towards the prohibition of caste-based discrimination, and the abolition of the caste system itself.
Dalits were excluded from the four-fold Hindu caste system and formed the unmentioned fifth caste called 'Panchama' or untouchables.