Social protection and class relations: evidence from scheduled caste women's associations in rural south India

Pattenden, J (2011) Social protection and class relations: evidence from scheduled caste women's associations in rural south India. Development and Change, 42 (2). pp. 469-498. ISSN 1467-7660

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Abstract

This article argues that the labouring class poor are best able to access social protection when they have sufficient economic autonomy from their village's dominant class to allow them to act politically. To this end, the article analyses the capacity of associations of scheduled caste female labourers in rural Karnataka (south India) to access social protection through collective action. It identifies links between modifications of the material conditions of the labouring class, their capacity to take political action and the social and institutional forms that reflect the social relations of production. Three important variables are identified: the extent of economic autonomy from the dominant class, support from class-conscious social movement organizers and the political configuration of the local state. The former variable in particular is something that the mainstream social protection policy agenda fails to prioritize.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Depositing User: Abigail Dalgleish
Date Deposited: 03 May 2011 11:31
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 16:51
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/29878
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7660.2011.01696.x

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