1st Edition

Occupational Mobility in Contemporary India Beyond One Generation Into the Future

By Nawazuddin Ahmed, D.K. Nauriyal Copyright 2023
    172 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book analyses the magnitude of the relationship between family background and adult occupational and educational outcomes and provides a comprehensive view of intergenerational mobility in the context of religious and caste dynamics in India.

    Based on nationally representative data sets, the book tracks educational and occupational mobility experiences of different socio-religious groups in contemporary India. Examining primary and secondary data to comprehend the macro picture and the micro details, the book offers insights into intra-generational occupational mobility and the perceptions and expectations of Muslim households. The book presents a classification of jobs and mobility analysis that is built on solid foundations of stratification theories. Moreover, it identifies data and presents evidence on the neighborhood effects in India.

    Offering an analysis of intergenerational advancement, this book is aimed at researchers in the field of economics, sociology, labor studies, development studies, minority and subaltern studies as well as those interested in the socio-economic issues of disadvantaged socio-religious groups in India.

    1. Introduction; 2. What is Already Known and Documented; 3. Intergenerational Occupational Mobility among Socio-religious Communities; 4. What drives occupational mobility: An analysis of parental, household and locational characteristics; 5. Intergenerational Educational Mobility among Socio-religious Communities and Neighborhood Effects; 6. Survey Design and Profile of Surveyed Districts; 7. Primary Survey-Based Evidence on Muslim Occupational and Educational Mobility; 8. Current Evidence and Disagreements


    Nawazuddin Ahmed received his PhD from IIT Roorkee, India, and is currently Assistant Professor of Economics at the Symbiosis School of Economics, Pune, Symbiosis International (a Deemed University), Pune, India. His research focuses on development and labor, and he has published on the impact of family background, occupational shifts and mobility.

    Dinesh Kumar Nauriyal is Senior Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India. He has published widely, and his recent publication includes Migration, Gender and Home Economics in Rural North India (co-authored with Nalin S. Negi and Rahul K. Gairola, Routledge, 2020).