Social Institutions: Continuity And Change

Social Institutions: Continuity And Change

Question

Distinguish between caste and class?

Answer

(i) Caste is primarily a social institution whereas class is an economic institution. Eg. Malhotra, Bhandari, Mukharjee are castes while industrial workers, Agricultural workers denote the class including lower class, upper middle class, upper class.

(ii) Caste represents social differentiation while the class represents social status and economic differentiations.

(iii) Both of them result in social and economic inequality and therefore, systems of stratification.

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