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ERIC Number: EJ953931
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 97
ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Caste, Class, and Urbanization: The Shaping of Religious Community in Contemporary India
Stroope, Samuel
Social Indicators Research, v105 n3 p499-518 Feb 2012
Building on the implications of qualitative work from India and urbanism theories, I aim to understand whether religious bonding social capital in contemporary India increases with greater urbanization and whether such increases are moderated by caste or social class position. Results from multinomial logistic regression on 1,417 Hindu respondents in a nationally representative sample of India (World Values Survey-India 2001) indicate that religious bonding is fostered by urbanism and that this association is stronger for upper castes. But there is little evidence that social class similarly moderates the association between urbanism and religious bonding. In light of these findings, religious bonding might be better understood as rooted in the interaction of caste dynamics and changes in the urban environment, rather than as a result of greater affluence. The data are also consistent with work underscoring the importance of disentangling social class and caste among Hindus in contemporary India.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India