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Uneven OddsSocial Mobility in Contemporary India$
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Divya Vaid

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199480142

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199480142.001.0001

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Mobility Mechanisms

Mobility Mechanisms

The Role of Education

(p.207) 6 Mobility Mechanisms*
Uneven Odds

Divya Vaid

Oxford University Press

The relative and absolute rates of mobility are significant in their own regard, however, it leaves open the question of the ‘processual effects’ of industrialization, or in other words what are the drivers of this mobility. This chapter studies the impact of education on social mobility. The major question posed here is whether education acts as a mediator of mobility or not. Or, are the social origin or inherited characteristics (caste and class) the primary determining factor where the chances of social mobility are concerned? Finally, whether the impact of education varies by community. We find that education mediates the origin-destination relation, with those with higher levels of education able to secure more chances of upward mobility. The critical role of caste and gender is underlined.

Keywords:   education, social mobility, inequality, origin-destination association, gender, locality, caste

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