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Title: CASTE, NETWORKS AND WORK IN WEST BENGAL, INDIA
Authors: AMRITORUPA SEN
Keywords: social capital, India, social networks, caste, stratification, mixed methods
Issue Date: 29-Sep-2017
Citation: AMRITORUPA SEN (2017-09-29). CASTE, NETWORKS AND WORK IN WEST BENGAL, INDIA. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Indian society is known for its caste system - the durable form of stratification that confers great prestige to some groups such as ‘Brahmin’, but which also severely curtails other groups such as the lower caste ‘Untouchables’. As a system that imputes religious meanings of purity and pollution to different groups, caste is a major social boundary that segregates groups one from another. In this dissertation, I seek a clearer understanding of caste, by interrogating that subterranean layer of social structure, the social ties that undergird the caste system. Categorizations are important, but these (such as caste) are consolidated and held up by social relationships that transpire between and within categories. I propose, in this dissertation, an individual level network approach to the study of caste, a proposition not often studied by scholars working on caste and Indian society. This research also looks into network differences in urban and rural contexts. The study has been conducted in West Bengal, India.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/144262
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