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The New Frontier: Merit vs. Caste in the Indian IT Sector

Marilyn Fernandez


Does the burgeoning Indian Information Technology (IT) sector represent a deviation from the historical arc of caste inequality or has it become yet another site of discrimination? Those who claim that the sector is caste-free believe that IT is an equal opportunity employer, and that the small Dalit footprint is due to the want of merit. But they fail to consider how caste inequality sneaks in by being layered on socially constructed ‘pure merit’, which favours upper castes and other privileged segments, but handicaps Dalits and other disadvantaged groups. In this book, Fernandez describes ho ... More

Keywords: Indian IT, anti-reservation, quota system, caste hierarchies, glass ceiling, caste-social reproduction, gender, hidden privileges, Dalits, social capital

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199479498
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199479498.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marilyn Fernandez, author
Professor, Department of Sociology, Santa Clara University, U.S.A