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Bridging the Social Gap: Perspectives on Dalit Empowerment

by Sukhadeo Thorat and Nidhi S Sabharwal SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Pub Date:
05/2014
ISBN:
9788132113119
Format:
Hbk 308 pages
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AU$119.00 NZ$120.87
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Bridging the Social Gap: Perspectives on Dalit Empowerment addresses four interrelated issues. It conceptualises exclusion-linked deprivation of excluded and indigenous groups in Indian society and elaborates the concept and meaning of social exclusion in general, and of caste-, untouchability- and ethnicity-based exclusion in particular. It then presents the status of disadvantaged groups of Dalit and Adivasi and captures inter-social group inequalities in the attainment of human development. It then goes on to analyse factors associated with high deprivation of these disadvantaged groups in terms of low access to resources, employment, education and social needs. Finally, it highlights the role of caste discrimination in economic, civil and political spheres in the persistence of group inequalities. All these issues have been explained using simple language; relevant and recent data; case studies; news highlights related to civil, social, economic and political rights violation for easy and better understanding of readers.

Introduction - Sukhadeo Thorat and Nidhi Sadana Sabharwal
Exclusion, Deprivation and Human Development: Conceptual Framework to Study Excluded Groups - Sukhadeo Thorat, Arjan de Haan and Nidhi Sadana Sabharwal
Government Policy against Discrimination and for Empowerment - Nidhi Sadana Sabharwal
Exclusion and Discrimination: The Contemporary Scenario - Sukhadeo Thorat and Prashant Negi
Human Development and Human Poverty by Social Groups - Sukhadeo Thorat and S Venkatesan
Levels and Patterns of Consumption Expenditure of Social Groups - Ashwini Deshpande
Levels and Disparities in Poverty - Arjan de Haan and Amaresh Dubey
Literacy and Educational Levels - Sachidanand Sinha
Housing and Household Amenities - Sachidanand Sinha
Health and Nutritional Status - Vijay Kumar Baraik and P M Kulkarni
Occupational Pattern - M Thangaraj
Access to Agricultural Land and Capital Assets - R S Deshpande and Motilal Mahamallik
Employment and Unemployment Situation: Rural and Urban - Sukhadeo Thorat and Chittaranjan Senapati
Reservation and Share in Public Employment - Sukhadeo Thorat and Chittaranjan Senapati
The Road Ahead: Dalits in the New Millennium - Sukhadeo Thorat and Nidhi Sadana Sabharwal
Bibliography
Index

These are amongst the few studies that pose the caste question to the ideas of human development/rights.

Sukhadeo Thorat is Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR); former Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC); and Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has a BA (Milind College of Arts, Aurangabad, Maharashtra), MA in Economics (Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad), MPhil/PhD in Economics (Jawaharlal Nehru University) and Diploma in Economic Planning (Main School of Planning, Warsaw, Poland). His research areas include agricultural development, rural poverty, institution and economic growth, problems of marginalised groups, economics of caste system, caste discrimination and poverty. He was the Director of the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, New Delhi from 2003 to 2006 and the Research Associate of International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC, USA, since 1992. Nidhi Sadana Sabharwal is currently the Director at the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies (IIDS), New Delhi. She is also in charge of the Gender and Social Exclusion Studies Unit at IIDS. She has a PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, with specialisation in economic geography, and has significant experience in human development research. She has published articles on caste, ethnicity and economic discrimination, caste and religion links to malnutrition and child labour. She has extensive experience in data collection and analysis and policy advocacy. She has actively worked on key issues affecting the poor and vulnerable in India, through organisations based in India and the United Kingdom.