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Caste from a Contemporary Perspective
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The popular textbook view of caste almost always presents it as a peculiar system of social hierarchy unique to the Hindus, all of whom live in India or South Asia, or have their origin in the subcontinent. Though not all Indians are Hindus, this popular view would implicitly also suggest that the foundational…

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Jodhka, Surinder S., “Caste from a Contemporary Perspective”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Sikhism Online, Editor-in-Chief Knut A. Jacobsen. Consulted online on 14 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2017

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