ANT 102 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Dowry System In India, Cultural Capital, Economic Liberalization

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Key Concepts
o Earning and inheritance
Social and cultural aspects of class that help construct our
identities
Privileges, advantages, disadvantages due to race, ethnicity,
nationality, immigration status, etc.
Places people in different slots financially
o Social Capital: Networks that enable you to advance in life, in your
career
“It’s know what you know it’s who you know”
Who does our family know; even more amplified in Indian
society
They have caste on top of class
Bonding social ties that link people together that are
primarily like them (class, race, nationality)
Ex. Pre law club
Bridging social ties that links people together across a
cleavage that typically divides them (class, race, nationality)
Ex. One person marrying someone from another
religion
o Cultural Capital: Your education, what you know, and the culture of
education in the home/neighborhood in which you grew up
Ex. Someone with a masters degree working as a server in a
restaurant; lots of cultural capital but lacking social capital
Dowry system still exists for low class people who have little
cultural capital
Non material resources
Knowledge, language, style, way of life, self
presentation, which influence economic opportunities
Plays a central role in power relations between people
o Economic privileges and injustices
In India there are men with education who can’t get jobs
because of their caste
Idea of the American dream is not realistic for a lot of people
Movement between castes is incredibly difficult
o Marriage can lift people to different castes
o Different experiences of globalization
Economic liberalization; neoliberalization
Waiting For Change: Youth, Caste, and Politics in India
Young guys hanging out everywhere on the street
o ‘Timepass’
Groups mentioned
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It"s know what you know it"s who you know : bonding social ties that link people together that are, bridging social ties that links people together across a, ex. One person marrying someone from another primarily like them (class, race, nationality) cleavage that typically divides them (class, race, nationality: ex. Pre law club religion: cultural capital: your education, what you know, and the culture of education in the home/neighborhood in which you grew up, ex. In india there are men with education who can"t get jobs because of their caste. Idea of the american dream is not realistic for a lot of people: movement between castes is incredibly difficult, marriage can lift people to different castes, different experiences of globalization, economic liberalization; neoliberalization. Waiting for change: youth, caste, and politics in india: young guys hanging out everywhere on the street, groups mentioned. Timepass": dalits lowest caste rating, ex.

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