While the United States does not have a formal caste system or any tradition of one like India does, some argue otherwise. For example, Isabel Wilkerson argues that America does have a caste system that manifests as raci... More »

The United States has a market-oriented, or mixed, economy, which means that businesses and private individuals make most of their own decisions. The state and federal government buy needed services and goods in the priv... More »

The two-party system of the United States Ì¢‰â‰۝ wherein elections are invariably won by one of the two major parties, Republican or Democrat Ì¢‰â‰۝ is largely a result of the winner-takes-all electoral system. More »

The most famous example of a caste system is the Hindu caste system of ancient India, with Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka having similarly structured systems. Nepalese castes are directly derived from the Hindu castes fou... More »

The caste system in India began about 100 B.C. when a holy text explicitly forbade intermarriages across the four classes of people living in India at the time. Occupational restrictions and forbidden intermarriages, whi... More »

It is disputed that the Aryans created the caste system in India. A division of labor is believed to have already existed in India when the Indo-European or lighter-skinned conquerors moved into the area. More »

India's caste system is believed to have originated with the Aryan invasion in the first millennium B.C. and has been a part of Hindu culture ever since, according to Faithology. The caste system has four parts--Brahmins... More »