Interrogating Caste: Understanding Hierarchy and Difference in Indian Society

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The caste system has conventionally been perceived by scholars as a hierarchy based on the binary opposition of purity and pollution. Challenging this position, leading sociologist Dipankar Gupta argues that any notion of a fixed hierarchy is arbitrary and valid only from the perspective of the individual castes. The idea of difference, and not hierarchy, determines the tendency of each caste to keep alive its discrete nature and this is also seen to be true of the various castes which occupy the same rank in the hierarchy. ...

Interrogating Caste: Understanding Hierarchy and Difference in Indian Society 2000, Penguin Books

ISBN-13: 9780140297065

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