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The Grammar of Caste: Economic Discrimination in Contemporary India

Ashwani Deshpande


This book examines the contemporary nature of caste disparities in India by using a framework that integrates discussions on caste from other social science disciplines with those from within economics. It brings together quantitative evidence on different dimensions of caste disparities based on two large national-level data sets, in order to analyse the degree of change in the caste system over the last two decades. Offering evidence based on economic analysis, it questions commonly-held views and challenges traditional wisdom. The chapter uses the latest methods that allow researchers to ga ... More

Keywords: caste system, caste disparities, caste development index, India, economic analysis of caste, discrimination, quota system, modern labour markets

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780198072034
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072034.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ashwani Deshpande, author
Delhi School of Economics