The chapter focuses on what, I argue, is one of the two central characteristics of caste panchayats which have been conserved through their long evolution, that of social ostracization. It unpacks the category of social ostracization with meticulous detail expounding how engrossed the very idea of ostracization is in the caste life even in its intra-caste notion. It shows how falling out of purity is an unavoidable fact of human life in a caste universe and it is these episodes of pollution and the ostracization they entail that are then projected onto the inter-caste level as well. It also tries to grasp the social meaning of such ostrcization. I do this to show how the observance of intra-caste discipline is necessary for the maintenance of inter-caste disciplining, i.e. a hierarchy of castes. I use this to describe the social-psychological world that caste produces for in-group members through the methods of social ostracization.
- Social boycott