Unequal Opportunities: Class, Caste and Social Mobility<sup>1</sup>


in Diversity and Change in Modern India

Published by British Academy

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780197264515
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734403 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Unequal Opportunities: Class, Caste and Social Mobility1

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This chapter discusses intergenerational class mobility, which is the extent to which sons — and even daughters — follow in their father's footsteps. It asks how ‘open’ India is, and whether it is becoming more ‘open’ with greater equality of opportunity as it slowly modernises. The discussion is limited to the patterns of intergenerational mobility of men and women who are actually in paid employment.

Keywords: intergenerational class mobility; equality of opportunity; paid employment

Chapter.  13792 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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