Dimensions of Social Exclusion:Ethnographic Explorations-New Book from CSP, UK

Dimensions of Social Exclusion: Ethnographic Explorations
Editor: K.M. Ziyauddin and Eswarappa Kasi
Dimensions of Social Exclusion focuses largely on social exclusion in the context of communities and social groups who have or have not been considered in discussing the benefits of mainstream inclusive society or development. Contemporary understanding of social exclusion has revived great interest among academics, researchers and policy makers in understanding problems from the perspectives of social exclusion. The decision to adopt the perspective of social exclusion has not been universal; rather the nature of this is very heterogeneous. In addition, the concept of social exclusion is not static; in reality, it is a process. The process is seen in the marginalization and discrimination of people in their everyday lives and interactions.
The term ‘exclusion’ has become a part of the vocabulary in Europe and other developing societies like ‘poverty’ or ‘unemployment’; it is one of those words which seem to have both an everyday meaning and an underlying sense. It emphasizes the social aspects of concerns such as housing, health, employment, education, participation in social activities and festivities, social interaction and social intercourse. It excludes certain communities and groups from interaction and access to social resources through social arrangements, normative value systems and customs. Exclusion based on caste is one example and patriarchy is another, which is a form of systemic or constitutive exclusion. Having social, cultural, political and economic ramifications, it is also a complex and multi-dimensional concept. These dimensions are interwoven and are addressed in the different papers of the volume.

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Comment by Ram Babu Mallavarapu on November 4, 2009 at 12:52pm
The Banjaras are pastoral nomads. They also identify themselves as Rajputs, Marvaris, Backward Communities (BCs) and also Scheduled Tribes (STs) in India. However, these communities are varied from state to state.
Comment by ESWARAPPA KASI on October 13, 2009 at 6:24am
My PhD work is on Banjara people only. But, they called in South India as Sugali or Lambada. Their mother tongue is Banjara only.
Comment by pnina motzafi haller on October 12, 2009 at 4:41pm
thank you for your reference.
Do you know of any work about the banjara people??
Comment by ESWARAPPA KASI on October 6, 2009 at 5:41am
Dear Prina,
I am very happy to hear your comments on our work.
My PhD work actually deals with the changing Livelihood Practices of Sugali (called in South India) and same people are called Banjaras in North India. You can find my thesis in the link below:
Link to my PhD Thesis: http://www.mynetresearch.com/Wiki/Eswarappa%20K.ashx?NoRedirect=1#Author_Bio
Comment by pnina motzafi haller on October 5, 2009 at 8:17pm
I am interested in the issue of so9cial exclusion in India of the people who are out of the caste system and are not included in the official category of "tribal" or "backward people". In Rajasthan they are known as Banjara.


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