This book examines the social welfare policies and programmes devised to address different societal issues and concerns across the South Asian countries. It focuses on the design and delivery of social welfare policies related to women, children, the elderly and groups living below poverty level. It brings a wide array of themes to the fore – empowerment of vulnerable populations, globalization and inclusive development, intervention in Northeast India, employment of elderly teachers in Sri Lanka, regulations in prisons, ageing South Asia and elderly care, social exclusion and urban poor, girl child education in India, child protection in Bangladesh and women panchayat leaders – to provide an evidence-based understanding of social policy formulation, implementation and monitoring in South Asia.
Comprehensive and topical, this volume will be useful to scholars and researchers of political studies, sociology, development studies and public policy, and also to practitioners and those in the development sector, NGOs and think tanks.
Table of Contents
List of figures. List of tables. Notes on contributors. Foreword Manohar Pawar. Acknowledgements.
Introduction: the policies and programmes for social welfare: a South Asian perspective. Rajendra Baikady, Haruhiko Sakaguchi, Cheng Sheng-Li and Channaveer R. M.
Part I: The demography of vulnerability and social welfare in South Asia: a paradigm shift. Rajendra Baikady, Haruhiko Sakaguchi, Cheng Sheng-Li and Channaveer R. M.
1. Ashadeep – a holistic intervention with homeless mentally ill persons in Northeast India: considering disability policy and creating a path for social work education. Victor Narzary, Riju Sharma, Bibharani Swargiary and Alice K. Butterfield 2. Does age matter in recruitment? Employment of elderly teachers in Sri Lanka. L. A. Pavithra Madhuwanthi 3. A qualitative study on the prison policy system among the acquitted/bailed prisoners and retired staff in Tamil Nadu state of South India. Ghouse Basha A. M. 4. Ageing South Asia and elderly care: policy versus practice with special reference to India. Shachee Agnihotri 5. Women Panchayat leaders: voices from Assam, India. Deepshikha Carpenter 6. Empowerment and rehabilitation of devadasi: an evaluation. Sudeshna Mukherjee and Priyanka Dwivedi 7. Exploring the issues and challenges among (inter-state) migrant workers and government officials: a study of Kochi, Kerala. Ansari P.A.
Part II: Poverty and marginalization in South Asian society. Rajendra Baikady, Haruhiko Sakaguchi, Cheng Sheng-Li and Channaveer R. M.
8. Urban poverty: situating NGOs in social inclusion of urban poor. Vikram Singh 9. Gender differences in elderly poverty: evidence from the Household Income Expenditure Survey. Saidatulakmal Mohd, Abdelhak Senadjki and Norma Mansor. 10. Poverty reduction efforts in Siyambalanduwa divisional secretariat in Monaragala district in Sri Lanka: problems and prospects. R. Lalitha S. Fernando and H.O.C. Gunasekara
Part III: Post-globalization development and welfare challenges in South Asian society. Rajendra Baikady, Haruhiko Sakaguchi, Cheng Sheng-Li, Channaveer R. M.
11. Globalization and its impact on social welfare: critical perspectives with special reference to India. Sujit Lahiry 12. Social welfare initiatives in the education sector: securing girl child education in India. Bharti Chhibber 13. Victim of the system: a study on crime committed by children and child victims with special reference to the Ranchi district of Jharkhand, India. Aranya Ribhu, Koustab Majumdar and Dipankar Chatterjee 14. Massification of higher education and diminishing discrimination: the role of teaching and learning in the universities and colleges. Sayantan Mandal 15. Child protection in law and in practice: a critical review from a Bangladesh perspective. Md. Mostafijur Rahman Conclusion: Inequality and social exclusion in diverse contexts – issues, challenges, and concerns. Rajendra Baikady, Haruhiko Sakaguchi, Cheng Sheng-Li and Channaveer R. M.
Channaveer R. M. is a professor and head of the Department of Social Work, Central University of Karnataka, India.
Rajendra Baikady is a post-doctoral Researcher and Confucius Institute Understanding China Fellow at the Department of Social Work, Shandong University, People’s Republic of China.
Haruhiko Sakaguchi is professor of the Department of Social Welfare, Ryukoku University Junior College, Japan.
Cheng Sheng-Li is a professor of the Department of Social Work, School of Philosophy and Social Development, Shandong University, People’s Republic of China.
Featured Author Profiles
‘This book will be very useful for students, researchers, professionals, government, semi-government institutions, autonomous bodies, private and government civil society think tanks and libraries. The book is world-class — the contents are extremely useful for students, practitioners, researchers and officials of government and private sector institutions. I recommend this valuable book to be retained in every library around the world.’
Akbaruddin Ahmad, Chairman, Policy Research Centre.bd; former Vice Chancellor, Darul Ihsan University, Bangladesh; and Chairman, Network of Asia Pacific Schools and Institute of Public Administration and Governance
‘This timely volume addresses various critical topics in social welfare policy in the South Asian context. Spanning an impressive spectrum of subjects, the work brings fresh insights into gender equity in children’s education, elderly care, and the plight of the poor in urban settings. With an intentional focus on evidence-based equitable, inclusive development, the work is particularly attentive to differences within South Asian countries in light of larger trends of globalization. It will appeal to academic researchers, development practitioners, and policymakers alike.’
Rajesh Sampath, Associate Professor of the Philosophy of Justice, Rights, and Social Change, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA