Nielsen, Kenneth: Navigating Social Exclusion and Inclusion in Contemporary India and Beyond

Publisher: Anthem Press. Edited by Uwe Skoda, Kenneth Bo Nielsen and Marianne Qvortrup Fibiger

About This Book

‘The genesis of the problem of exclusion and inclusion needs to be understood within a broad theoretical and conceptual framework, and with the help of empirical data. The essays in this book deal with this question. They explain with meticulous detail why we need to change our focus from state- and caste-centric discourses to a discourse that takes note of spaces, communities and resources. This volume presents an excellent collection of work.’ —Abhijit Dasgupta, Professor of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi

‘This book offers rich and revealing empirical analyses of various Indian social relations based on the simple but heuristic concepts of exclusion and inclusion. The inclusion–exclusion dilemmas in social policy and social mobilizations are brought out in powerful ways.’ —Staffan Lindberg, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Lund University

‘Navigating Social Exclusion and Inclusion in Contemporary India and Beyond’ examines the applicability of the concept of social exclusion in contemporary India, and addresses the following questions: How does an increasingly liberalised Indian economy contribute to processes of social inclusion and exclusion and to the reproduction of poverty and inequality? To what extent does the deepening of Indian democracy offer hitherto marginalised social groups new opportunities for pursuing strategies of inclusion? And how does ‘development’ alter the social terrain on which inequalities are negotiated? These and related discussions form the focal points of the volume. Importantly, the contributors deal explicitly with the simultaneity of processes of exclusion and inclusion, and with their entangled manifestation in social life. By applying the concept of social exclusion to concrete empirical case studies, the contributors expand conceptual horizons by keeping in mind that neither exclusion nor inclusion can be considered without its ‘alter ego’. The volume also challenges narrow conceptualisations of social inclusion and exclusion in terms of singular factors such as caste, policy or the economy. This collaborative endeavour and cross-disciplinary approach, which brings together younger and more established scholars, facilitates a deeper understanding of complex social and political processes in contemporary India.

Readership: The book will appeal to both academics and non-academics with an interest in Indian society and its dynamics.

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Published Sep. 16, 2013 2:02 PM - Last modified Dec. 3, 2018 12:03 PM