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Unequal Life Chances

Unequal Life Chances
Equity and the Demographic Transition in India

First Edition

September 2019 | 260 pages | SAGE YODA Press
India is passing through a phase where a major share of its population is in its prime and of working age. Many have spoken of the ‘dividend’ that we could reap from what is being called the ‘youth bulge’. With the gaping inequalities in our society, the youth in this country encounter gross disparities in their life chances and in their opportunities to realise their potential. In this volume, we have attempted to look closely at India’s demographic transition, specifically from the perspective of social and economic equity.

Other than covering the important elements of the debate on India’s demographic transition, the book attempts to makes a signal contribution in bringing together issues of social justice and economic inequality to bear on the mostly technocratic framing of the subject. Thus, it is an attempt to highlight that all decisions about economic ‘development’ or growth are politically infused and should be addressed as such.
Prologue: Surging Tides of Inequality
Chapter 1: The ‘Youthful Bulge’ and a Hope Squandered: Understanding India’s Demographic Transition
Chapter 2: Fettered by Birth, Battered by Life: The Politics of Demographic Transition in India
Chapter 3: Vicissitudes of Growth: The Precarity of India’s Labouring Lives
Chapter 4: Misplaced Priorities: Social Sector Expenditure in India—A Comparative Perspective
Chapter 5: Beyond the Neoliberal Smokescreen: Pathways for Equity and Growth

Harsh Mander

Harsh Mander is a writer, human rights activist, teacher and peace worker. He works with survivors of mass violence and hunger, homeless persons and street children. He is associated with movements for communal harmony, right to food, right to information, bonded labour and the right of adivasis. He is the Director of Centre for Equity Studies, New Delhi. More About Author

Anirban Bhattacharya

Anirban Bhattacharya worked on plantation labour history in his PhD dissertation submitted in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. He currently works as a senior researcher at the Centre for Equity Studies. More About Author

Vivek Mishra

Vivek Mishra is a PhD student at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University, Boston. Formerly, he worked at the Centre for Equity Studies and coordinated the India Exclusion Report 2017–18. More About Author

Astha Singla

Astha Singla is a Research Scholar at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, JNU. Her main research interests cover various aspects of labour economics (youth labour markets, disadvantaged groups in the labour market, school to work transition, skill development, evaluation of labour policy) and development economics. More About Author

Usman Jawed Siddiqi

Usman Jawed Siddiqi has an MPhil in Sociology from the University of Delhi. He works as a senior researcher at the Centre for Equity Studies and coordinates the India Exclusion Report. He is interested in debates about the nature of capitalist development in India and in exploring alternatives to the same. More About Author

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