Monday, June 17, 2013
Educational Sociology Sanskritisation & Westernisation
PROCESSES OF SOCIAL CHANGE IN INDIA
Sankritization:Sankritization is the process by which a low caste or tribe or other groups takes over the customs, rituals, beliefs, ideology and life style of a higher caste. The term was coined by M.N.Srinivas in his studies on Coorgs in India and it was primarily meant to describe the process of cultural mobility in the traditional rural India.
Higher castes gave up traditional customs and adopted the life style of the westerns. Lower castes aspiring for higher status filled the higher caste vacuum through Sanskritization
Changes adopted by an aspiring lower caste as part of this acultural emulation include;
· Erosion of cultural autonomy of the woen folk includes erosion in the freedom to choose life partner.
· Changes in family structure include a movement towards the orthodox Hindu joint family.
· Stronger authority to father, monogamy, a stronger caste organisation with increased tendency of out casting.
· Change in food habits include outlawing beef and pork eating and consumption of liquor.
· Acquisition of higher education.
· Adoption of dowry practices instead of the token bride price.
· Change in religious practices include donning of sacred thread, giving up of sacrifice of pigs at the time of wedding and increased emphasis on pilgrimage.
Political and Economic Factors; The establishment of British rule in India gave more opportunities to lower castes to sanskritize themselves and raise their social status.
Expanding means of transport and communication too have contributed to the process by the way of new avenues and opportunities of cultures contracts.
Democratic system provided more freedom to choose their own lines and hence more avenues for sankritization.
However, lower castes aspiring to climb upwards in caste hierarchy have to face hostility from the castes of middle strata. The same from higher castes too when the lower castes try to start using shoes or wear neat and clean clothes.
Lower castes are more liberal, permissive and progressive despite their lower status. They have liberal and positive attitude especially towards the position of women but tend to become conservative by the process of sankritization.
However, the lower castes beside restoring to sankritization to acquire higher status in the society, they are also struggling fiercely to retain their backward status for taking advantage of educational concessions and government job.
Westernization:Westernization refers to all cultural changes and institutional innovations in India as this country came into political and cultural contract with the western nations especially British.
Westernization include establishment of scientific, technological and educational institutions, rise of nationalism, new political culture and leadership in the country.
The term westernization is also not without complications. It is equated with British impact on Indian society and culture. The term westernisation has a pejorative connotation because of its association with formal colonial domination by the Western counties, Westernisation is more value-loaded than the term modernisation. Srinivas considers westernisation as a prelude to sanskritisation. He is of the view that the Brahmans and other higher castes people got into white collar jobs because of their sanskritic tradition. Srinivas thinks that in Indian situation people attempt to be westernised so as to sanskritise their culture and lifestyle.
The influence of westernization on India society include;
· Influence on caste system.
· Disintegration of Joint family.
· Number of social reform movements.
· Disintegration of cottage industries.
· Variety in cultivation.
· New measures in land management.
· Democratic values and ideas were promoted.
· Social justice and uniform administrative system developed.