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Social Development and the Empowerment of Marginalised Groups

Social Development and the Empowerment of Marginalised Groups
Perspectives and Strategies

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Debal K Singharoy - Professor of Sociology, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi.

Other Titles in:
Development Studies

November 2001 | 248 pages | SAGE India
Empowerment, civil society, and democratisation comprise the new package of liberalisation discourse which at face value at least respond to the long-standing demands of struggling groups. In practice, the contributors argue, each has been given a restricted meaning and has been oriented to serve the present global drive of Western capitalism.

This book thus provides a critique of the emergent social development discourse, and analyzes the processes and strategies of empowerment of marginalized groups in the context of globalisation, paradigm shifts in the strategy of development, initiatives taken by the state and civil society, and the dynamics of social movements and grass roots mobilizations.

Twelve interrelated essays establish the crucial relationship between theory and practice of social development and empowerment with the help of illustrations and case studies. This relationship embeds state-mediated policies and voluntary sector initiatives on the one hand, and the realities of people's struggles on the other.

Among the issues discussed are:

· the paradigm shift in development strategy

· role of social movements

· non-government organisations

· institutionalised indigenous bodies

· distance education

Manoranjan Mohanty
On the Concept of Empowerment
David Cox
Marginalization and Social Developments
A Focus on the Significance of Globalization, the State and Social Movement

Jagannath Pathy
Towards an Alternative Paradigm of Development
Ramashray Roy
Empowerment of the Marginalized Groups
Meaning for an Alternative Strategy

Debal K Singharoy
Empowerment of Marginalized Groups
Critical Issues of Grassroots Mobilization and Collective Action

Sharit K Bhowik
Workers' Cooperatives and Empowerment of the Marginalized
Kumud Sharma
Rethinking Social Development with Women
An Arduous Journey Ahead

Vina Mazumdar
Peasant Women Organize for Empowerment
The Bankura Experiment

Voluntary Action for Social Development and Empowerment of Marginalized Groups in Bihar
Virginious Xaxa
Empowerment of Tribes
Distance Education for Empowerment
Case of Human Rights Education in IGNOU


Debal K. SinghaRoy

Debal K. SinghaRoy, MA, MPhil, PhD, is Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. He is a recipient of the Australian Government Endeavour Fellowship, 2010, at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, and the Commonwealth Fellowship at The Open University, the United Kingdom (2006–07). Furthermore, he is a fellow with the Alternative Development Studies Programme, Netherlands (2003); a visiting research fellow at the University of Alberta, Canada (2001); and a visiting scholar at the la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris (1999 and 2007). His... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789353281359