Blocked by Caste: Economic Discrimination in Modern India

Paperback | March 15, 2012

EditorSukhadeo Thorat, Katherine S. Newman

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This book explores contemporary patterns of economic discrimination faced by Dalits and religious minorities like Muslims, and the underlying attitudinal orientations that contribute to inequality in various spheres of life. It investigates empirical evidence of discrimination by focusing onthe urban labour market as well as other markets in rural areas. It also analyses discrimination in non-market transactions like access to education, primary healthcare services, and fair price shops. Through detailed case studies, the essays examine the consequences of exclusion on unequal access to business, wage-earning, health status, and educational attainments and suggest possible remedies. The introduction provides a conceptual framework and the foreword by Kaushik Basu underscores theimportance of developing an interface between economics and social sciences in order to give greater visibility to research on discrimination.This book will interest students and scholars of Dalit and subaltern studies, economics, sociology, and politics. It will be an invaluable resource for policymakers and activists.

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This book explores contemporary patterns of economic discrimination faced by Dalits and religious minorities like Muslims, and the underlying attitudinal orientations that contribute to inequality in various spheres of life. It investigates empirical evidence of discrimination by focusing onthe urban labour market as well as other mark...

Sukhadeo Thorat is Chairman of the Indian Council for Social Science Research and Professor of Economics at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is the former Chairman of the University Grants Commission. Katherine S. Newman is James B. Knapp Dean at ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pagesPublished:March 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of Tables and FigureKaushik Basu: ForewordPreface and AcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsSukhadeo Thorat and Katherine S. Newman: Introduction: Economic Discrimination Concept, Consequences and RemediesPART I. MARKET DISCRIMINATION: LABOUR AND OTHER MARKETS1. Sukhadeo Thorat and Paul Attewell: The Legacy of Social Exclusion: A Correspondence Study of Job Discrimination in India's Urban Private Sector2. Surinder S. Jodhka and Katherine S. Newman: In the Name of Globalization: Meritocracy, Productivity, and the Hidden Language of Caste3. Ashwini Deshpande and Katherine S. Newman: Where the Path Leads: The Role of Caste in Post-university Employment Expectations4. S. Madheswaran and Paul Attewell: Wage and Job Discrimination in the Indian Urban Labour Market5. Sukhadeo Thorat , M. Mahamallik, and Nidhi Sadana: Caste System and Pattern of Discrimination in Rural MarketsPART 2. NON-MARKET DISCRIMINATION: HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND FOOD-RELATED INSTITUTIONS6. Vani K. Borooah: Inequality in Health Outcomes in India: The Role of Caste and Religion7. Sanghmitra S. Acharya: Caste and Patterns of Discrimination in Rural Public Health Care Services8. Sonalde Desai, Cecily Darden Adams, and Amaresh Dubey: Segmented Schooling: Inequalities in Primary Education9. Geetha B. Nambissan: Exclusion and Discrimination in Schools: Experiences of Dalit Children10. Sukhadeo Thorat and Joel Lee: Food Security Schemes and Caste DiscriminationPART 3. DISCRIMINATION-INDUCED INEQUALITIES: CAPITAL ASSETS, AND POVERTY11. Sukhadeo Thorat, Debolina Kundu, and Nidhi Sadana: Caste and Ownership of Private Enterprises: Consequences of Denial of Property Rights12. Maitreyi Bordia Das: Minority Status and Labour Market Outcomes: Does India Have Minority Enclaves?13. Smita Das: Caste, Ethnicity and Religion: Linkages with Unemployment and PovertySelect BibliographyNotes on Contributors