The Market as a Social Institution

The Market as a Social Institution

Question

How does layout of market symbolise the hierarchical inter-group social relations in Dhorai (Bastar)?

Answer

Lay-out of market is concentric in a roughly quadrangular patch of 100 yard square ground. In its central zones, wealthy and high-ranking Rajput jewellers and the middle-ranking local Hindu traders lay their stalls. Tribals lay their stall in the outer circles, interaction between Hindus and tribal traders are very different than between Hindus of the same communities. Thus, these markets exhibit hierarchy and social distance between tribal and non-tribal communities.

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