Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745337685 Published November 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337692 Published February 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Ground Down by Growth

Tribe, Caste, Class and Inequality in 21st Century India

Edited by Alpa Shah et al.

Ground Down by Growth

Edited by Alpa Shah et al.

Distributed for Pluto Press

304 pages | 16 halftones, 22 figures, 1 map | 6 x 9 | © 2017
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745337685 Published November 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337692 Published February 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Why has India’s astonishing economic growth not reached the people at the bottom of its social and economic hierarchy? Traveling the length and breadth of the subcontinent, this book shows how India’s “untouchables” and “tribals” fit into the global economy.
            India’s Dalit and Adivasi communities make up a staggering one in twenty-five people across the globe and yet they remain among the most oppressed. Conceived in dialogue with economists, Ground Down by Growth reveals the lived impact of global capitalism on the people of these communities. Through anthropological studies of how the oppressions of caste, tribe, region, and gender impact the working poor and migrant labor in India, this startling new anthology illuminates the relationship between global capital and social inequality in the Indian context. Collectively, the chapters of this volume expose how capitalism entrenches social difference, transforming traditional forms of identity-based discrimination into new mechanisms of exploitation and oppression. 
Contents
List of Illustrations
Series Preface
Preface
Alpa Shah and Jens Lerche
1 Tribe, Caste and Class – New Mechanisms of Exploitation and Oppression
Alpa Shah and Jens Lerche
2 Macro-Economic Aspects of Inequality and Poverty in India
K.P. Kannan
3 Tea Belts of the Western Ghats, Kerala
Jayaseelan Raj
4 Cuddalore, Chemical Industrial Estate, Tamil Nadu
Brendan Donegan
5 Bhadrachalam Scheduled Area, Telangana
Dalel Benbabaali
6 Chamba Valley, Himalaya, Himachal Pradesh
Richard Axelby
7 Narmada Valley and Adjoining Plains, Maharashtra
Vikramaditya Thakur
8 The Struggles Ahead
Alpa Shah and Jens Lerche
Appendix: Tables and Figures
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index
 
Review Quotes
Tania Murray Li, University of Toronto
"A kaleidoscopic view of how established social forms morph and realign to produce deepening inequality and persistent, patterned disadvantage. Super-rich material and compelling analysis"
 
Anand Teltumbde, IIIT Hyderabad
"This is an exceptional book coming from researchers who lived with the most marginalized people to present the India of dislocation and despair.  A must read to all those who wish to understand the discontent of development."
 
Professor Jayati Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru University
"Exploding the myth of the modernising power of capitalism, this sensitive and acute analysis of Adivasis and Dalits in contemporary India shows that, far from doing away with inherited inequalities of power, Indian capitalism uses and intensifies them. Anyone concerned with economic and social justice should read this book."
 
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