Towards a framework to determine backwardness: Caste, inequality and reservations in India

Pani, Narendar and Iyer, Soundarya (2015) Towards a framework to determine backwardness: Caste, inequality and reservations in India. Journal of South Asian development, 10 (1). pp. 48-72.

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    Abstract: The decision to carry out a caste-based census in India in order to, among other things, get a more scientific basis for reservations has generated considerable debate. Much of this debate has focused on data quality, without much attention paid to the question of what should be the scientific basis for determining whether a caste is backward. This article explores the concepts used, implicitly or explicitly, in the literatures on caste and reservations to come up with a framework to determine dominance-based caste hierarchies in a milieu of change. We test this framework in an empirical reality drawn from the south Indian state of Karnataka to argue for a more disaggregated and inclusive approach to reservations.
    Item Type: Article
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    Subjects: School of Social Sciences > Economics
    Programmes > NIAS-UNDP Programme on Inequality and Human Development Programme
    Divisions: Schools > Social Sciences
    Depositing User: K Rajesh
    Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2015 09:06
    Last Modified: 21 Sep 2015 09:06
    URI: http://eprints.nias.res.in/id/eprint/737

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