Example: Jāti in India.
2. (noun) A group and the individual members of a group within a caste.
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- Plural: castes
- A form of social stratification that is reinforced by endogamy, occupation, and ritualized norms.
- In comparison to caste, class is another stratified system but one that permits individual mobility.
- Also called caste system.
- “Where ethnic groups are racially defined, relations among them tend toward caste. Endogamy within castes is strictly enforced, and interaction between them in intimate social settings such as peer groups, clubs, neighborhoods, and so on are minimized. Subordinate castes are usually exploited occupationally by the dominant group and experience little or no change in their collective social position” (Marger 1985:37).
- Word origin of “caste” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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How to Cite the Definition of Caste
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “caste.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 22, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/caste/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
caste. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/caste/
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MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“caste.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Mar. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/caste/>.