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Economic Reforms and Social Exclusion
Impact of Liberalization on Marginalized Groups in India

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  • K. S. Chalam - Political economist and educationist, former member, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), New Delhi
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August 2011 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Economic Reforms and Social Exclusion is an analytical study that focuses on the socially marginalized and excluded groups in India since the onset of liberalization. It examines how the liberal economic reforms have impacted socio-economic categories—caste, tribe and religious minorities—subjecting them to further deprivation.

Case studies of handloom weavers, VRS workers and the temperance movement have awarded this study empirical reality. The book also offers a refreshing approach to the study of economic reforms through philosophical and theoretical arguments on issues like civil society, religion, caste and alienation.

Since most of the scholarly works on social exclusion are based on Western notions of 'deprivation' and 'exclusion', this work's unique focus on India lends the reader a context-specific understanding of the subject. The jargon free language makes the book readable even for a general reader to help him/her to understand Indian society.


Preface  
Introduction  
Social Exclusion and the Methodological Dichotomies  
Economic Reforms and the Socially Excluded Groups in India  
Emergence of Caste as Property Under Liberalization  
Impact of Reforms on Scheduled Castes  
Liberalization and the Adivasi Development  
Marginalization of Rural Artisans and Muslims  
Handloom-weavers under Liberalization: A Case Study  
Exit Policy and the Welfare of the Working Classes  
Inequity in the Development of Human Capital and Alienation in Higher Education  
Public Health Services and the Poor  
Civil Society Responses to Economic Reforms: A Case Study of Temperance Movement  
In Lieu of Conclusion  
Appendix  
Bibliography  
Index  

The book analyses the role of the socially marginalized and excluded groups in India since the onset of liberalization…[The author] points out the gap in social reforms that have impacted different socio-economic categories and as a result have further subjected them to deprivation…Various tables and statistics have been given to make the reader understand the topic deeply. The jargon free language helps the reader understand the Indian society in a much more holistic way.

The Times of India

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