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Caste system   /kæst sˈɪstəm/   Listen
Caste system

A social structure in which classes are determined by heredity.

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"Caste system" Quotes from Famous Books

... which they do not greatly intensify and so embitter the struggle for existence of the white man. The difficulty is that the Japanese is still less disposed than the Negro or the Chinese to submit to the regulations of a caste system and to stay in his place. The Japanese are an organized and morally efficient nation. They have the national pride and the national egotism which rests on the consciousness of this efficiency. In fact, it is not too much ...
— Introduction to the Science of Sociology • Robert E. Park

... East are proverbial for their hospitality, and certainly Indians in all parts of their country are true to this excellent tradition, although the caste system of Hindus, which in so many ways hinders their good purposes from producing their legitimate result, restricts their hospitable efforts, within their own dwelling, to the sometimes narrow limits of their own particular caste. Invitations ...
— India and the Indians • Edward F. Elwin

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