This Subject Includes

  • Course No: HS 619
  • Course: MA in Development Studies
  • Semester: II
  • Title: Social Discrimination
  • Stream: Development Studies
  • Description:

    Understanding development necessitates engagement with, and questioning of, different forms of discrimination present in social structures, such as caste, class, gender, ethnicity, region, religion and others. While instances of discrimination based on singular identities of caste or gender are easy to identify and observe, very often it is important to theorize how intersection of different identities operate in real life situations. Drawing from sociological and economic literature, this course, will attempt to give the students of Development Studies aninter-disciplinary perspective on different forms of social discrimination. Contents: Social construction of discrimination: forms of discrimination, understanding intersectionalities; Idea of justice: Justice as the ‘core’ of development, discrimination as negation of justice; Citizenship, differences and discrimination: group rights and social differences, public-private divide, active and passive citizenship, equality of access to opportunities and rights; Evidences and experiences of discrimination: family and hetero-normativity, social reproduction and labour market, education, health, law and public policies.

  • Text:

    M. Nussbaum. Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities, Princeton University Press 2010.^$^A. Deshpande and W. Darity, Jr. Boundaries of Clan and Color: Transational Studies of inter-group disparity, Routledge, London, 2003^$^K.S. Chalam. Caste-bhased Reservations and Human Development in India, Sage Publications, 2010^$^D. Jain and D. Elson. Harvesting Feminist Knowledge for Public Policy, Sage Publications and International Development Research Centre, 2011.^$^A. Sen. Inequality Re-examined, Harvard University Press, 1992.