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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
Critical Acclaim

July 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 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.



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





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

K S. Chalam

K. S. Chalam is a well-known political economist and educationist, and a former member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), New Delhi. He has been the Vice Chancellor of the Dravidian University in Andhra Pradesh and had taught in the Department of Economics, Andhra University, between 1976 and 2005. He is known as the founder of the Academic Staff College Scheme in the country and was its first director. Dr Chalam was on the Planning Board of the Madhya Pradesh government during 2002–04. He was the recipient of the UGC Young Social Scientist Award in Economics in 1984. Dr Chalam has authored Caste-Based Reservations and Human... More About Author

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