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“Government Brahmin” Caste, the Educated Unemployed, and the Reproduction of Inequities

  • A. R. Vasavi
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Part of the Anthropological Studies of Education book series (ASE)

Abstract

Policies and programs of reservation/protective discrimination in education have failed to address inequalities. Public humiliation, increased discrimination, and compromised life-chances mark the lives of many; especially, those who seek a better life through the education route. This essay, based on a longitudinal study, illustrates and draws on experiences of Mallesha, a scheduled caste person aspiring for a government job. Highlighting issues that the capability approach overlooks and tracking how institutions of the government and a range of programs, which are supposedly set up to facilitate “equality of opportunity,” fail to address the embedded nature of discrimination, disadvantage, and the internalized structures of inequality; this chapter captures the subjective dimensions of one person’s search for equality and dignity in a hierarchical society.

Keywords

Educated Unemployed Caste disadvantages 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This paper was developed as part of the German Historical Institute London’s Transnational Research Group on ‘Poverty and Education in India’ and was a Working Paper in their series.

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  • A. R. Vasavi
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarBengaluruIndia

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