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Caste and Occupational Structure in Central India

Edwin D. Driver
Social Forces
Vol. 41, No. 1 (Oct., 1962), pp. 26-31
Published by: Oxford University Press
DOI: 10.2307/2572916
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2572916
Page Count: 6
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Caste and Occupational Structure in Central India
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Abstract

Interview data lend little support to the view that the caste system obstructs occupational change in India. Intergenerational mobility is frequent among rural and urban castes but it is generally confined to occupations of similar rank. Hence, mobility has a negligible effect upon the traditional association between positions in the caste and occupational hierarchies. This association is attributable to differences among castes in educational attainment.

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