Essentialism , Culture , and Power : Representations of Social Class

  title={Essentialism , Culture , and Power : Representations of Social Class},
  author={Ramaswami Mahalingam},
This article argues that beliefs about social class are influenced by power and social location. Using an essentialist theory of power this study explores the asymmetries in the representations of social class among Brahmins (N = 99) and Dalits (former “Untouchables,” N = 100) in India. The results show that a significantly higher number of Brahmins believed that a poor man’s brain transfer to a rich man would not affect his actions, whereas they believed the poor man’s actions would be… CONTINUE READING

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