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Economic Reforms and Social Exclusion

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

First Edition
  • K. S. Chalam - Chairman, Institute for Economic and Social Justice, Visakhapatnam
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August 2011 | 248 pages | SAGE India
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 liberal economic reforms have impacted socio-economic categories—caste, tribe and religious minorities—subjecting them to further deprivation.

A novel approach has been used in the study of economic reforms through philosophical and theoretical arguments on issues such as civil society, religion, caste and alienation. Case studies of handloom weavers, VRS workers and the temperance movement give this study empirical weight.

Since most 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.



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

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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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