Some Theoretical Considerations on Caste

  • Madhusudan Subedi
Keywords: Affirmative action, identity politics, ritual hierarchy

Abstract

Caste as a system of social stratification was an encompassing system in the past. There was reciprocal system of exchange goods and services. With time, occupation and mode of generation of livelihood of various caste groups changed, and the traditional form of jajmani system fizzled out. This paper provides an account of changing perspectives of caste relations in social science writing and political discourse. The discourse of caste has been shifted from ritual hierarchy and social discrimination to an instrument to mobilize people for economic and political gain.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/dsaj.v7i0.10437

Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology Vol. 7, 2013; 51-86

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Author Biography

Madhusudan Subedi

Madhusudan Subedi teaches at the Central Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tribhuvan University and Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Nepal. He is the author of Medical Anthropology in Nepal (2001), and The State of Sociology and Anthropology: Teaching and Research in Nepal (2014). He has also published more than 25 articles in various academic journals. His research interests include social medicine, caste relations, social change, education and governance.

Published
2014-05-17
How to Cite
Subedi, M. (2014). Some Theoretical Considerations on Caste. Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, 7, 51-86. https://doi.org/10.3126/dsaj.v7i0.10437
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