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Caste at the Intersection of Economics, Religion and Law

ECON/REL 136
Lexington, VA
Profs. Shikha Silwal and Tim Lubin

Social stratification touches every aspect of life, and South Asia’s traditional caste structure is a special case: this highly complex, strictly adhered to system has been religiously legitimized and criticized over a 3000-year history, and is nowadays seen as being at odds with the modern world. Yet it remains a crucial factor in social identity, economic roles, legal status, and religious practice. This course offers a 360º survey of caste both historically and in practice today in Nepal. The four weeks of the course will address four themes, respectively, providing for each a combination of historical background, social scientific analysis of the modern situation, and direct field experience for the students. Originally scheduled to take place in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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