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Blocked by Caste: Economic Discrimination and Social Exclusion in Modern India

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This volume argues that the Indian society is characterized by multiple forms of discrimination and exclusion that create profound barriers to upward mobility and freedom from structures of deprivation. The essays study widespread patterns of discrimination and underlying attitudinal orientations that contribute to inequality in various aspects of life. Based on archival research, field surveys, and interviews, the contributors explore practical aspects of economic discrimination and social exclusion in India. ...
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Overview


This volume argues that the Indian society is characterized by multiple forms of discrimination and exclusion that create profound barriers to upward mobility and freedom from structures of deprivation. The essays study widespread patterns of discrimination and underlying attitudinal orientations that contribute to inequality in various aspects of life. Based on archival research, field surveys, and interviews, the contributors explore practical aspects of economic discrimination and social exclusion in India. They also discuss some of the theoretical issues related to social exclusion in general and economic discrimination in particular, to provide conceptual backdrop and to place the empirical studies in necessary theoretical perspective. The book investigates historic patterns of discrimination with factors like reservation in private sector, globalization, caste and employment, ownership of private enterprises, labour market, poverty, health care, education, food security, and creation of Dalit identities as well as the consequences of discrimination and possible remedies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198060802
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/5/2010
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sukhadeo Thorat is Chairman of the University Grants Commission in New Delhi, India.

Katherine S. Newman is Director of the Institute for International and Regional Studies at Princeton University.

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Table of Contents

Preface Abbreviations
Part One: Economic Discrimination: Theoretical Backdrop
1. Caste, Economic Discrimination, and Social Exclusion: Concept, Consequences, and Remedies, Sukhadeo Thorat and Katherine S. Newman
Part Two: Market Discrimination: Labour and Other Markets
2. The Legacy of Social Exclusion: A Correspondence Study of Job Discrimination in India's Urban Private Sector, Sukhadeo Thorat and Paul Attewell
3. In the Name of Globalization: Meritocracy, Productivity, and the Hidden Language of Caste, Surinder S. Jodhka and Katherine S. Newman
4. Where the Path Leads: The Role of Caste in Post-university Employment Expectations, Ashwini Deshpande and Katherine S. Newman
5. Wage and Job Discrimination in the Indian Urban Labour Market, S. Madheswaran and Paul Attewell
6. Caste System and Pattern of Discrimination in Rural Markets, Sukhadeo Thorat , M. Mahamallik, and Nidhi Sadana
Part Three: Non-Market Discrimination: Health, Education, and Food-Related Institutions
7. Inequality in Health Outcomes in India: The Role of Caste and Religion, Vani K. Borooah
8. Caste and Patterns of Discrimination in Rural Public Health Care Services, Sanghmitra S. Acharya
9. Segmented Schooling: Inequalities in Primary Education, Sonalde Desai, Cecily Darden Adams, and Amaresh Dubey
10. Exclusion and Discrimination in Schools: Experiences of Dalit Children, Geetha B. Nambissan
11. Food Security Schemes and Caste Discrimination, Sukhadeo Thorat and Joel Lee
Part Four: Discrimination Induced Inequalities: Capital Assets, and Poverty
12. Caste and Ownership of Private Enterprises, Sukhadeo Thorat, Debolina Kundu, and Nidhi Sadana
13. Minority Status and Labour Market Outcomes: Does India Have Minority Enclaves?, Maitreyi Bordia Das
14. Caste, Ethnicity and Religion: Linkages with Un-employment and Poverty, Smita Das
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