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Sarah Hodges and Mohan Rao

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463374

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463374.001.0001

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Science, Technology, and Medicine in India: The Problem of Poverty

(p.1) Introduction
Public Health and Private Wealth

Sarah Hodges

Mohan Rao

Oxford University Press

Today more than ever, we confront a pressing question: Has the problem of poverty in India been solved, or has the study of poverty become inconvenient alongside the rise of new narratives that frame India as a site of enviable economic growth? This volume charts changes in the conceptualization of poverty, the poor, and how best to understand and intervene in the career of poverty and in the lives of the poor. Together, we ask two questions: (1) What accounts for a change in the targeting of poverty (and its corollary social determinants of health) to targeting the poor? (2) How did poverty fall off the agenda of science, technology, and medicine in India? Does the career of poverty within the trajectories of science, technologies, and medicine in India illuminate broader patterns—particularly ones in which the poor change from being a problem of poverty to a resource for its solution and economic growth more broadly?

Keywords:   poverty, India, science, technology, medicine, economic resource

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