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Exploration in Caste Stereotypes

Gopal Sharan Sinha and Ramesh Chandra Sinha
Social Forces
Vol. 46, No. 1 (Sep., 1967), pp. 42-47
Published by: Oxford University Press
DOI: 10.2307/2575319
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2575319
Page Count: 6
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Exploration in Caste Stereotypes
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Abstract

In a traditional society like India the old values, norms and images of different social classes are expected to be replaced by new ones. Presuming this, an attempt has been made to explore the stereotypes of ten important castes of the province of Bihar. Two hundred students of Patna University, selected by simple random technique, were administered questionnaires consisting of a check list containing 100 characteristics and a device to measure the preference for association. The findings were: (1) the caste stereotypes explored did not record appreciable change when compared with the stereotypes reported by other authors, (2) a rho-coefficient correlation of .94 was obtained between stereotypes and preference for association, and (3) the traditional functions assigned to the castes seem to have greatly influenced the caste stereotypes held by the students.

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