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The Grammar of CasteEconomic Discrimination in Contemporary India$
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Ashwani Deshpande

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198072034

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072034.001.0001

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Merit, Mobility, and Modernism

Merit, Mobility, and Modernism

Discrimination in Urban Labour Markets

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The Grammar of Caste

Ashwani Deshpande

Oxford University Press

Emerging research has uncovered patterns of discrimination in the urban, formal private sector and highly skilled labour markets in contemporary India. These markets show a deep awareness of caste and religious (not to mention gender) cleavages and indeed perpetuate caste discrimination in the present. While the body of evidence on urban labour market discrimination in India is not very large, this chapter summarizes the evidence that exists as well as the findings of a pioneering multifaceted study that attempted to uncover pathways of discrimination in urban areas using some of the leading methods described in the previous chapter.

Keywords:   wage gap, merit, mobility, modernity, urban labour markets, formal sector jobs, correspondence tests, India, caste discrimination, religious discrimination

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