Some Theoretical Considerations on Caste
Keywords:Affirmative action, identity politics, ritual hierarchy
Caste as a system of social stratification was an encompassing system in the past. There was reciprocal system of exchange goods and services. With time, occupation and mode of generation of livelihood of various caste groups changed, and the traditional form of jajmani system fizzled out. This paper provides an account of changing perspectives of caste relations in social science writing and political discourse. The discourse of caste has been shifted from ritual hierarchy and social discrimination to an instrument to mobilize people for economic and political gain.
Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology Vol. 7, 2013; 51-86