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The Grammar of Caste : Economic Discrimination in Contemporary India

Ashwini Deshpande

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ISBN 10: 0198072031 / ISBN 13: 9780198072034
Published by Oxford University Press, 2011
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Is the caste system disappearing Are traditional hierarchies being replaced by competing equalities Do globalization and liberalization automatically result in diminishing disparities Are modern labour markets intrinsically meritocratic and efficient Challenging the dominant discourse and demolishing various myths this book provides answers to these and other critical questions on caste in its contemporary avatarLinking the economics of caste with its politics sociology and history this innovative book provides a stimulating assessment of continuities and changes in caste disparities over the last two decades Deshpande uses rich empirical data to uncover how contemporary formal urban sector labour markets reflect a deep awareness of caste religious gender and class cleavages She convincingly argues that discrimination is neither a relic of the past nor is it confined to rural areas but is very much a modern formal sector phenomenonThis insightful book is an important step towards a multidisciplinary dialogue for understanding and mitigating inequalities based on birth and descent. Bookseller Inventory # 96200

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Title: The Grammar of Caste : Economic ...

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

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This book examines the contemporary nature of caste disparities in India by using a framework that integrates discussions on caste from other social science disciplines with those from within economics. It brings together quantitative evidence on different dimensions of caste disparities based on two large national-level data sets, in order to analyze the degree of change in the caste system over the last two decades. Offering evidence based on economic analysis, it questions commonly-held views and challenges traditional wisdom.

The author uses the latest methods that allow researchers to gauge discrimination and shows how some of these methods have been used in the Indian context and what the quest has yielded. The book also discusses policy responses to disparities and discrimination by reviewing the existing quota system.

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Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics

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