The Internal Structure of the Nayar Caste

@article{Fuller1975TheIS,
  title={The Internal Structure of the Nayar Caste},
  author={Christopher J. Fuller},
  journal={Journal of Anthropological Research},
  year={1975},
  volume={31},
  pages={283 - 312}
}
  • C. Fuller
  • Published 1 December 1975
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Anthropological Research
The matrilineal Nayars of Kerala in southwest India constitute a populous caste, which contains within it a large number of subdivisions. In contrast to the ideal model, on which most standard descriptions appear to be based, these subdivisions fall into several analytically distinguishable categories. There is a core of a few large, stable subdivisions and a fringe of many small, unstable subdivisions. The latter are created and eliminated by several processes, one of which, treated in detail… 

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