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Traditional Caste Systems as Involute Systems-A Note on the Washermen of a Village in Rajasthan

A Note on the Washermen of a Village in Rajasthan Anand Chakravarti F G Bailey, while referring to caste systems in "traditional Indian society" endorses Fredrik Barth's view that caste systems are involute systems in the sense that one status for a caste necessarily implies a series of other equivalent statuses. In modern India, however, Bailey believes that systems have ceased to be involute because, according to him, "the village provided a boundary at which relations turned inwards Nowadays people have an economic and political relationship beyond that boundary. By this route castes which are ritually or politically low in the village may become wealthy".

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