What is it about?
low caste people in Sri Lanka change their names to non-caste names particularly when they move to urban areas to avoid caste identification. This article discusses this process.
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Why is it important?
so far caste is seen as something which is inherent and can not be changed. But with name changes and change of residence people have developed a system by which they can overcome this problem. This is a procedure getting popular, and it helps to alleviate caste related stigma.
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This page is a summary of: Do name changes to “acaste” names by the Sinhalese indicate a diminishing significance of caste?, Cultural Dynamics, November 2018, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0921374019829605.
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