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Homo Hierarchicus

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Homo Hierarchicus: Essai sur le système des castes (1966) is Louis Dumont's treatise on the Indian caste system.[1] It analyses the caste hierarchy and the ascendancy tendency of the lower castes to follow the habits of the higher castes. This concept was termed as Sanskritisation by MN Srinivas.[2]

He states that the ideology of caste system is fundamentally contrary to our idea of egalitarian society and arises from the nature, conditions and limitations of realisation of such a society. We can not restrict ourselves to understand caste system only as a form of 'Social stratification'.[citation needed]

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References and Notes

  1. ^ Dumont, Louis (1980). Homo Hierarchicus: The Caste System and Its Implications. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226169637.
  2. ^ Srinivas, M. N. (1956). "A Note on Sanskritization and Westernization". The Far Eastern Quarterly. 15 (4): 481–496. doi:10.2307/2941919. ISSN 0363-6917. JSTOR 2941919.


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