India’s founding fathers and neo-liberalisers alike expected economic development to dissolve ‘archaic’ forms of exchange, but the modern Indian economy remains embedded in caste relations. At the base of the caste hierarchy are formerly untouchable and tribal workers. But a growing minority of dalits and adivasis have been incorporated into the Indian economy not as workers but as owners of firms.
The Atlas shows the striking and consistent regional and sectoral differences in the way dalits and adivasis have been incorporated into 14 occupational sectors of the business economy at both state and district levels of resolution over the period 1990 – 2005. Explaining these differences and some adverse trends during the era of globalisation is a task that the three essays accompanying the Atlas attempt to begin.
Using contemporary field research, dalit narratives and statistical data they explore the dalit experience of disadvantageous entry into markets, the state and civil society; their adverse experience of business associations regulating markets; and the surprisingly distinctive patterns of regional disadvantage that dalit and adivasi businesses suffer.
This unusual book is a ‘must-read’ for everyone concerned with India’s development and social justice. It also generates an agenda for a new wave of activist- researchers.
DALIT CAPITAL IN THE NEW INDIA
Aseem Prakash and Barbara Harriss-White
SCHEDULED AND BACKWARD CASTES IN THE SOCIAL STRUCTURE OF ACCUMULATION:
THE CASE OF A SMALL TOWN ECONOMY IN SOUTH INDIA
Barbara Harriss-White and Elisabetta Basile
REGIONS OF DALIT AND ADIVASI DISCRIMINATION IN INDIA’S BUSINESS ECONOMY
Barbara Harriss-White, Kaushal Vidyarthee and Anita Dixit
AN ATLAS OF DALIT AND ADIVASI PARTICIPATION IN THE INDIAN BUSINESS ECONOMY, 1990-2005
Barbara Harriss-White, Kaushal Vidyarthee and Pinaki Joddar
Front image: Untitled by Lakshmidhar Malaviya. Back: Mahipalpur by Asad Zaidi