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The Routledge Handbook of Exclusion, Inequality and Stigma in India

1st Edition

Edited by NMP Verma, Alpana Srivastava

Routledge India

552 pages | 55 B/W Illus.

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This handbook critically examines the three concepts of exclusion, inequality and stigma and their interrelationship in the Indian context. Divided into five parts, the volume deals with the issues of exclusion, inequality, gender discrimination, health and disability, and assault and violence. It discusses important topical themes such as caste and social exclusion in rural labour markets, impact of poverty and unemployment, discrimination in education and literacy, income inequality and financial inclusion, social security of street vendors, women social entrepreneurs, rural–urban digital divide, workplace inequality, women trafficking, acid attacks, inter-caste marriages, honour killings, healthcare and sanitation, discrimination faced by those with disabilities, and regional disparities in India.

The book traces rising socio-economic inequality and discrimination along with the severe lack of access to resources and opportunities, redressal instruments, legal provisions and implementation challenges while looking at deep-rooted causes responsible for their persistence in society. With emphasis on affirmative action, systemic mechanisms, and the role of state and citizens in bridging gaps, the volume presents several policies and strategies for development. It combines wide-ranging empirical case studies backed by relevant theoretical frameworks to map out a new agenda for research on socioeconomic inequality in India with important implications for public policy.

Comprehensive and first of its kind, this handbook will serve as key reference to scholars, researchers and teachers of exclusion and discrimination studies, social justice, political economy, sociology, anthropology, economics, political science, development studies, education and public administration. It will also be useful to policymakers, bureaucrats, civil society activists, non-governmental organisations and social entrepreneurs in the development sector, in addition to those interested in third world studies, developing economies and the global south.

Table of Contents

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NMP Verma and Alpana Srivastava


PART I Exclusion

  1. Are Socially Disadvantaged Groups Catching Up with Others? An Analysis of Literacy Rates
  2. IC Awasthi and HK Varshney

  3. Degree of Financial Inclusion: A Comparative Study among the Asian Countries
  4. Sudip Mukherjee, Anirban Sarkar and NMP Verma

  5. Impact of Poverty and Exclusion: An Empirical Analysis
  6. Manish K Verma and Narendra Gupta

  7. Discrimination and Exclusion in Education: Children of Manual Scavenger Communities
  8. Nida Khan

  9. Caste Discrimination and Inequality: A Case of Artisans
  10. S Victor Babu and Isha Tamta

  11. Caste and Social Exclusion in Rural Labour Markets
  12. Chandi Charan Mehentar



    PART II Inequality

  13. Development and Rising Income Inequality in India: An Emerging Enigma
  14. Alpana Srivastava

  15. Rural–Urban Divide: Digital Inequality
  16. Tanu Tiwari and Alpana Srivastava

  17. Urban Livelihood and Social Security of the Street Vendors
  18. Daisy Bhattacharjee

  19. Educational Inequality: A Case Study on School Enrolment and Infrastructure
  20. U Sa Jen Mog and Jahar Debbarma

  21. Disparity and Disconnection in Investment and Unemployment among the Indian States
  22. Pawan Kumar Gupta and Asha Srivastava

  23. Inter-Caste Marriages and Social Inequality
  24. Parul Srivastava

  25. Millennial Women Social Entrepreneurs: A Growing Trend
  26. Rekha Panwar Khosla

  27. Time Allocation in Television News Content
  28. Vikash Singh

  29. Socioeconomic Inequality in Agricultural and Rural Sector
  30. Sarba N Mishra and Nirakar Pattnaik

    PART III Gender Discrimination

  31. Perception towards Gender Equality: A Comparative Study of Young Men and Women
  32. Priya

  33. A Study on Gender Discrimination among Migrant Construction Workers
  34. V Dhivya Keerthiga and Alka Singh

  35. Inequality, Gender and Policy Initiatives
  36. Halima Sadia Rizvi and Mansi Vinaik

  37. An Appraisal of Gender Issues in the Indian Corporate Sector
  38. Mahima Sharma

  39. Gender Inequality in India: Legal Provisions
  40. Archana Chawla

  41. Analysis of India’s Employment Scenario: Working Age Population and Female Participation
  42. Arvind Kumar Singh

  43. Disabled Women: Facing Double Discriminations
  44. Priyam Sinha

  45. Elected Women’s Representatives in Decentralized Governance: A Participation-Focussed Assessment
  46. Garima Mishra

    PART IV Health Hiatus

  47. Health Assessment of Women
  48. Sunil Kumar Tripathi

  49. Mathematical Issues among Children with Visual Impairment: Challenges and Strategies
  50. Puja

  51. Impact of Bleaching Syndrome: The Inexorable Predicament of Dark-Skinned Women
  52. Sarveshwar Pande

  53. Regional Disparity of Sanitation Facility in India
  54. Rashmi Tiwari

  55. Beyond Human Development Index: A Conceptual Note
  56. Ravi Kant

  57. Socioeconomic Inequalities and its Association with Health Status among Muslim Community
  58. Istikhar Ali

    PART V Violence and Trafficking

  59. Acid Attack: Violence Related to Specific Gender
  60. Pooja Jaiswal and AK Bhartiya

  61. Women Trafficking in India: A Threat to Gender Equality

Madhuri Rathour and Satendra Kumar Sharma

32. Violence against Differently-Abled Persons in India

Shruti Kirti Rastogi and Geetika Nidhi


About the Editors

NMP Verma is Professor, Head and Dean at the Department of Economics, School of Economics & Commerce and former Vice Chancellor, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow, India. He is founder President of Association of the Socio-Economic Development Studies as also President, Uttar Pradesh-Uttarakhand Economic Association.

Alpana Srivastava is Professor, Area Head (Statistics, Economics & Operations) and PhD Programme Director, Amity Business School, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, India. She is Vice-President of the Association of the Socio-Economic Development Studies.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Minority Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Rural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Social Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Poverty & Homelessness
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies