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Caste

Christophe Jaffrelot

in Hinduism

ISBN: 9780195399318
Published online January 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195399318-0095
Caste

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Caste is one of the key concepts of Indian civilization. It gives the civilization most of its sociocultural distinctiveness. Caste is inseparable from Hinduism but is not limited to this religion since caste-based logic is found in Sikhism, Islam, and Christianity, and, to some extent, in Buddhism and Jainsim as well. The interpretations of this phenomenon are many: about its origins, meanings, and evolutions. It has attracted the attention not only of Indologists, anthropologists, and historians but also that of sociologists and political scientists, because it continues to play a major role in the public as well as the private spheres in India and within the Indian diaspora.

Article.  7184 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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