Social Institutions: Continuity And Change

Social Institutions: Continuity And Change

Question

On which set of principles the caste system is based upon?

Answer

These are (i) Principle of difference and separation and (ii) wholism and hierarchy. Many of the scriptural rules of caste are designed to prevent the mixing of castes i.e. marriage rules, food sharing, social interaction and occupation rules. Such differences exist in relation a larger whole i.e. the totality of society contesting of all castes. It is not egalitarian but a hierarchical system and individual caste does not occupy a distinct place but an ordered rank. Thus, one side, it is based on separation while such separation constitutes a hierarchy on the other.

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