The Economics of Caste

Ashwani Deshpande

in The Grammar of Caste

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780198072034
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081028 | DOI:
The Economics of Caste

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This chapter discusses the relevance of an economic investigation of caste inequality. It then considers the multifaceted nature of inter-group disparities in India. It argues that an economic investigation can provide crucial insights into the material aspects of disparity and into the degree of change, say, in the caste-occupation nexus, and assist in outlining the contours of discrimination in the modern Indian economy. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: India; caste inequality; economic investigation; inter-group disparity; modernity; merit; affirmative action

Chapter.  6938 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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