Unequal Worlds: Discrimination and Social Inequality in Modern India

Hardcover | November 19, 2015

byVidhu Verma

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In today's world social inequalities are diverse and intricate, and they are magnified by different kinds of discrimination. This volume takes up the question of social discrimination and group disadvantage of Dalits in India while also taking into account newer kinds of discrimination. Theessays analyse conceptions of equality central to legislation in redressing previous discrimination in society and the discourses that have emerged around it in modern India. The Indian government and judiciary have been involved, through constitutional provisions and legal judgments, in abolishingcaste discrimination. Despite efforts by the government, equality of opportunity remains an elusive ideal and several bases of discrimination continue to subvert a concern with formal and substantive equality. The promise of equality provisions and the struggle against caste discrimination arecontradicted by the existence of newer kinds of social inequalities arising out of income, wealth, occupation, education, power and skills. This work specifically sets out to explore contemporary manifestations of discrimination that persist in our society through institutions and through norms and practices that define the terms on which certain social groups continue to be excluded.

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In today's world social inequalities are diverse and intricate, and they are magnified by different kinds of discrimination. This volume takes up the question of social discrimination and group disadvantage of Dalits in India while also taking into account newer kinds of discrimination. Theessays analyse conceptions of equality central...

Vidhu Verma is Professor and Chairperson, Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:November 19, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsIntroductionSECTION I: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES1. Sukhadeo Thorat and Nidhi Sadana Sabharwal: Social Exclusion and Poverty: Linkages, Consequences and Policies2. Vidhu Verma: The Promise and Challenge of Non-Discrimination: Developing an Egalitarian Ethos3. Anand Teltumbde: Political Economy and Discrimination against DalitsSECTION II: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES4. Tarunabh Khaitan: The Architecture of Discrimination Law5. Daniel Sabbagh: Elements toward a Comparative Analysis of Affirmative Action PoliciesSECTION III: STRUCTURAL DISCRIMINATION6. Narender Kumar: Mindset, Memoirs and Untouchability: Veracity beyond Conventional Structures7. Vidhu Verma: The World of Work: Gender Discrimination and Rights at the Workplace8. Badri Narayan: Democracy, Deprivation and Dispossession: Multiple Narratives of Democracy in North India9. Aseem Prakash: Discrimination, Unfavourable Inclusion and IntersectionalitySECTION IV: LEGISLATION AND NEWER FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION10. Meena Radhakrishna: Colonial Construction of a aCriminala Tribe11. Renu Addlakha: Deconstructing Emerging Disability Legislation in India12. Poonam Kakoti Borah: Discrimination and Sexual Minorities in India: Revisiting the Naz Judgement13. Md. Aftab Alam: Discrimination and Exclusion: A Case of Dalit Muslims in IndiaIndexNotes on Editor and Contributors