Cultural Change

Cultural Change

Question

Explain the process of sanskritisation.

Answer

According to M N. Srinivas, ‘Sanskritisation is a process by which a low Hindu caste, or tribal or other group changes its customs, ritual, ideology and way of life in the direction of a high and frequently, twice born castes.

It is an endogenous of source upwards mobility for a caste. The mobility caused by this process, however, leads to only positional changes in the system. It does not result in structural change. Change occurs within the caste hierarchy. The caste system itself does not change. It provides a channel for vertical mobility of groups and communities. It reveals motivation for status enhancement through imitation of the customs, rituals and ideology of the upper castes.

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