Caste Is Not Past

Paul Attewell and Sukhadeo Thorat

in Discrimination in an Unequal World

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199732166
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866144 | DOI:
Caste Is Not Past

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This chapter examines what happens when highly educated Indians from different caste and religious backgrounds apply for jobs in the modern urban private sector, encompassing multinational corporations as well as prominent Indian companies. It applies a correspondence study of job applicants to college-educated members from the lowest caste within India (ex-untouchables or Dalits) and upon similarly college-educated individuals from the Muslim religious minority in India. The findings document a pattern of decision making by private sector employers that repeatedly advantages job applicants from higher-caste backgrounds and that disadvantages low-caste and Muslim job applicants with equal qualifications.

Keywords: India; job discrimination; caste; job applicants; religious discrimination

Chapter.  5011 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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