ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Caste Fission and Fusion

The definition of caste has come increasingly into dispute, its identification with a closed stratification system forming an organic whole is being questioned. The observed process of fission and fusion has broken down castes into new endogamous sub-units and there has been at the same time amalgamation of analogous castes for the acquisition of social and political influence.

Changing Status of Pulaya Harijans of Kerala

The Putayas are the bottom rung of the caste hierarchy in Kerala. From being a source of pollu tion, they have, through education, greater economic independence, and through enactment of laws prohibit ing discrimination against them, attained a higher status in society.
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