How India Works: Caste, Community and Capitalism

Free Public Lecture

How India Works: Caste, Community and Capitalism

Room 153 (Forum Theatre)
Arts West

Parkville campus

Booking not required

Until the 1970s, India’s industrial and commercial economy was dominated by very small trading communities that converted their expertise and capital into modern industrial entrepreneurship. Beginning in the late 1980s, liberalisation made the Indian economy vastly more dynamic. But did it also transform the social basis of the private sector, or the labour market? Did a more open market also open opportunities for new groups and categories of people? Is there evidence that the high growth rates in India also break down barriers to social mobility as it has happened in other societies? Or are the deeper patterns of the Indian economy consolidating the existing distribution of opportunities, capital and employment?

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