Social Stratification Systems: Caste vs. Class. India’s caste system, in which there are four major castes, or varnas, is a social construct that is ascribed and immutable: people are born into this system and cannot move between castes. In American society, class systems, of which there are five, are social rankings based largely on economic position. In America, unlike India, one can transcend class through economic or social success. After reading “Overlapping identities under liberalization: Gender and case in India”, assess whether or not an individual can transcend class in the United States.
As you respond to your peers, address potential factors that can affect class status in the US, especially considering the influx of skilled and educated workers coming from India.