Dalits and Adivasis in India's Business Economy: Three Essays and an Atlas

by Barbara Harriss-White

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India's founding fathers and neo-liberalisers alike expected economic development to dissolve 'archaic' forms of exchange, but the modern Indian economy remains embedded in caste relations. At the base of the caste hierarchy are formerly untouchable and tribal workers. But a growing minority of dali.....more


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India's founding fathers and neo-liberalisers alike expected economic development to dissolve 'archaic' forms of exchange, but the modern Indian economy remains embedded in caste relations. At the base of the caste hierarchy are formerly untouchable and tribal workers. But a growing minority of dalits and adivasis have been incorporated into the Indian economy not as workers but as owners of firms.

The Atlas shows the striking and consistent regional and sectoral differences in the way dalits and adivasis have been incorporated into 14 occupational sectors of the business economy at both state and district levels of resolution over the period 1990 ? 2005. Explaining these differences and some adverse trends during the era of globalisation is a task that the three essays accompanying the Atlas attempt to begin.

Using contemporary field research, dalit narratives and statistical data they explore the dalit experience of disadvantageous entry into markets, the state and civil society; their adverse experience of business associations regulating markets; and the surprisingly distinctive patterns of regional disadvantage that dalit and adivasi businesses suffer.

This unusual book is a 'must-read' for everyone concerned with India's development and social justice. It also generates an agenda for a new wave of activist- researchers.

About the author:

Barbara Harriss-White has been Professor of Development Studies at Queen Elizabeth House and Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford University, UK. Since 1969 she has researched agrarian change in South Asia through field studies of villages, small town economies and markets. In recent years her focus has been on dalits in Indian economy, on which she has lectured and initiated workshops both in India and in England.

Other details:

ISBN 978-81-88789-86-3
Category History
Language English
Edition Edition Not Specified
Published in 2013
Publisher Three Essays Collective
Condition Brand New
Pages 196
Width 11.1 inches
Height 8.7 inches
Tags India , Dalits , Adivasis , Caste

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