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Preface

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 January 2024

Parthasarathi Shome
Affiliation:
London School of Economics and Political Science
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Undertaking a study of the poor is fraught with the danger of exposing one's foolhardiness in attempting to deconstruct an intensely discussed yet unresolved area of human concern. Examining global poverty and poverty in India, it is clear that it is imperative to expand the understanding beyond a traditional economic approach and bring together diverse streams of thought and analyses, perhaps resulting in a Gordian's knot. For, when one broadens the investigative approach usually confined to a focus on micro-or macroeconomics to one that embraces anthropology, history and sociology in a geopolitical context, then the complexity of analysis intensifies. Analyses from various social sciences fields have to be employed, for confinement to a single approach would lead to misidentification of the genesis and incomplete or inadequate policy solutions. The knot has to be untangled to see what is found as the crux of the challenge of poverty and inequality so that commensurate policy interventions may be made.

This volume reveals what I found in my search. It reflects my attempt to pin down the prevalence of poverty and inequality, track them through time, and carry out a diagnostic of its genesis. I found the genesis in different bases or foundations in different societies. Only correct identification would lead to meaningful policy prescriptions and commensurate solutions for the eradication of poverty and redressal of inequality. While I make a series of international comparisons, the analysis, as it progresses, narrows down on India. The policy prescriptions for India should be relevant for developing countries generally.

Travel through the vast expanses of the globe leads an observer to encounter extreme poverty and its squalor and dehumanization in public places and to conclude that poverty has to be the deepest failure of humankind. This malaise has perverted India's development in particular. That poverty and extreme poverty continue to exist and are tightening their grip in significant pockets of the globe – in fact in every corner – in the twenty-first century is testimony to the persistence of that failure.

The challenging nature of any study on poverty and inequality has been succinctly expressed by investigators such as Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Partha Chatterjee who hypothesized that subalterns or the poorest are not heard for themselves because their voices tend to be represented by scholars, politicians or lawyers.

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The Creation of Poverty and Inequality in India
Exclusion, Isolation, Domination and Extraction
, pp. x - xiv
Publisher: Bristol University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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  • Preface
  • Parthasarathi Shome, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Book: The Creation of Poverty and Inequality in India
  • Online publication: 18 January 2024
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.46692/9781529230406.001
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  • Parthasarathi Shome, London School of Economics and Political Science
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  • Preface
  • Parthasarathi Shome, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Book: The Creation of Poverty and Inequality in India
  • Online publication: 18 January 2024
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.46692/9781529230406.001
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