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Reviewed by Tommy Wong for Readers' Favorite
Caste - The Unexplored Territories by author JT is a good book on the exploration of caste. As caste is defined as 'a rigid social class into which members are born and from which they can escape or withdraw with extreme difficulty' by Lundenberg, JT added that it is a type of stratification system, which is most rigid in matters of mobility and distinction of status. Further, social class can be thought of as ‘presenting the external view of social organization', while caste can be thought of as ‘the internal, abstract view'. As such, the caste system is well worth exploring and in this book JT has examined it for the caste system in India. The book covers the theories, the development, the evolution, and the progression of caste in the first four chapters. It then covers the caste and nationalist movements, the singularities of caste in the next two chapters, and a summary of caste in the final chapter.
I find the contents of this book extremely impressive as it contains many intriguing points. I particularly like the seven theories of caste system, how the caste system insulated India from the influence of communism, and how the reservation system worked against the lower caste. I am even more fascinated by how the British treated the caste system completely differently in India as compared to Australia, and how Mahatma Gandhi was actually against the caste system. The book is well written and the sequence of the chapters is well thought out, bringing a deep insight of the caste system to readers. Congratulations, JT!