ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Changing Patterns of Social Mobility

How successful have state sponsored efforts been at redressing the issue of caste-based inequality in India? This paper analyses the impact of such efforts by probing trends in social mobility and exploring the relationship between caste and occupation. The primary focus is to explore what, if anything, has changed and have such changes made India a more fluid and mobile society than before.

Determinants of Social Mobility in India

The role of caste and community in class mobility and the impact of modernisation on such processes has long been a subject of local ethnographic research. This study, by using sample data from 1996 National Election Study, offers a first time overview of the national scenario. An overview that facilitates several perspectives and a continuing paradox - that opportunities of economic advancement do exist along with persistent and substantial class inequalities.
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