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Bridging the Social Gap

Bridging the Social Gap
Perspectives on Dalit Empowerment

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Sukhadeo Thorat - Chairman, Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, New Delhi
  • Nidhi S. Sabharwal - National University of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi, India

June 2014 | 308 pages | SAGE India
Bridging the Social Gap: Perspectives on Dalit Empowerment addresses four interrelated issues. It conceptualises exclusion-linked deprivation of excluded and indigenous groups in Indian society and elaborates the concept and meaning of social exclusion in general, and of caste-, untouchability- and ethnicity-based exclusion in particular. It then presents the status of disadvantaged groups of Dalit and Adivasi and captures inter-social group inequalities in the attainment of human development. It then goes on to analyse factors associated with high deprivation of these disadvantaged groups in terms of low access to resources, employment, education and social needs. Finally, it highlights the role of caste discrimination in economic, civil and political spheres in the persistence of group inequalities.  

All these issues have been explained using simple language; relevant and recent data; case studies; news highlights related to civil, social, economic and political rights violation for easy and better understanding of readers. 

Sukhadeo Thorat and Nidhi Sadana Sabharwal
Sukhadeo Thorat, Arjan de Haan and Nidhi Sadana Sabharwal
Exclusion, Deprivation and Human Development: Conceptual Framework to Study Excluded Groups
Nidhi Sadana Sabharwal
Government Policy against Discrimination and for Empowerment
Sukhadeo Thorat and Prashant Negi
Exclusion and Discrimination: The Contemporary Scenario
Sukhadeo Thorat and S Venkatesan
Human Development and Human Poverty by Social Groups
Ashwini Deshpande
Levels and Patterns of Consumption Expenditure of Social Groups
Arjan de Haan and Amaresh Dubey
Levels and Disparities in Poverty
Sachidanand Sinha
Literacy and Educational Levels
Sachidanand Sinha
Housing and Household Amenities
Vijay Kumar Baraik and P M Kulkarni
Health and Nutritional Status
M Thangaraj
Occupational Pattern
R S Deshpande and Motilal Mahamallik
Access to Agricultural Land and Capital Assets
Sukhadeo Thorat and Chittaranjan Senapati
Employment and Unemployment Situation: Rural and Urban
Sukhadeo Thorat and Chittaranjan Senapati
Reservation and Share in Public Employment
Sukhadeo Thorat and Nidhi Sadana Sabharwal
The Road Ahead: Dalits in the New Millennium

These are amongst the few studies that pose the caste question to the ideas of human development/rights.

Social Change,
Vol 46 (Issue 4), December 2016

Sukhadeo Thorat

Sukhadeo Thorat is Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR); former Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC); and Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has a BA (Milind College of Arts, Aurangabad, Maharashtra), MA in Economics (Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad), MPhil/PhD in Economics (Jawaharlal Nehru University) and Diploma in Economic Planning (Main School of Planning, Warsaw, Poland). His research areas include agricultural development, rural poverty, institution and economic growth, problems of marginalised groups, economics of caste system, caste... More About Author

Nidhi S. Sabharwal

Nidhi S. Sabharwal is Associate Professor, Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education, National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi. She has previously served as the Director, Indian Institute of Dalit Studies (IIDS), New Delhi. She has a PhD in geography from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and has worked on inter-group inequalities across human development indicators, focusing on the role of caste- and gender-based discrimination in market and non-market institutions; diversity and discrimination within higher educational institutions, Mid-Day Meal and Anganwadi programmes;... More About Author

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