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  • Socio-economic /1 of 3
    Socio-Economic

    Hard-cover • 2014
    Pages: 528
    ISBN 9789332700345
    US$99.95

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    Cultural Diversity and Common Humanity

    N. Subba Reddy


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    <p>This volume comprises the collected work of the noted anthropologist, Professor N. Subba Reddy. At the end of 60 years of academic life, during which the author attended or organised a number of conferences and symposia—both at the national and international levels, delivered some endowment lectures and key-note addresses, and published a number of papers at home as well as abroad, he chose to bring out this collection of 30 papers, organised into three sections.&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> The first section reflects on what light anthropology can throw on the larger concerns about humanity as a whole, such as:<br /> – &nbsp;the interactions between biological and cultural processes,<br /> – &nbsp;human motivations and their socially approved fulfilment,&nbsp;<br /> – &nbsp;the widening of human horizons culminating in globalisation,<br /> – &nbsp;common human rationality in the midst of cultural diversity, and&nbsp;<br /> – &nbsp;interactions between generic human nature and environmental<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;forces.&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> The second section comprises critical essays on some important theories and issues which no student of anthropology or sociology can afford &nbsp;to overlook.&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> The third section looks at certain ethnographic studies conducted by &nbsp;the author, each representing an important facet of social, economic, political or religious life among the tribal and rural communities. They combine sound field observations with an appropriate theoretical analysis.&nbsp;</p>

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  • Socio-economic /2 of 3
    Socio-Economic

    Hard-cover • 2012
    Pages: 298
    ISBN 9788171889389
    US$55.95

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    Organising Poor Women

    The Andhra Pradesh Experience

    S. Mahendra Dev‚ Ravi Kanbur‚ S. Galab‚ G. Alivelu (Eds.)


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    <p>Why does poverty, particularly poverty among women, persist? One reason might be that we do not have the appropriate knowledge on which to base policies and interventions. But even if there was technical consensus on how to reduce poverty, the real issue is whether the power structures in society will allow interventions that reduce the advantages of the wealthy. Without power, the poor in general and poor women in particular, will not be able to argue for and to force the introduction of policies and interventions that improve their well-being.</p> <p>Hence, the need for empowerment. Organisations of the poor are central to inclusive growth. Andhra Pradesh has been in the forefront of promoting these organisations, especially for poor women. This volume assesses and analyses the Andhra Pradesh experience. The papers in the volume will be useful to researchers and policymakers alike since they chart a specific and concrete experience in enhancing organisations of poor women.</p>

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    Socio-Economic

    Hard-cover • 2012
    Pages: 178
    ISBN 9788171889082
    US$39.95

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    Democracy and Urban Governance in India

    Rumi Aijaz

    In association with ORF, New Delhi



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    <p>A constant increase is observed in the number of people living in urban areas of India. Due to urbanisation, many problems are being experienced. Prominent among these are the rising social and economic inequalities and the severe infrastructure and service deficiencies. In view of the current trends and complexities in urban life, the role of governing institutions assumes immense significance.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>This book provides information on innovative urban policy measures and governance practices designed and introduced by the Indian government at local government level to address contemporary urban challenges. Municipal laws, capacity building, e-Governance and municipal finance are four important areas of reform analysed in detail.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>The study shows that while the reform measures have the ability to bring about marked improvements in the functioning of municipal institutions, there has been a failure in plumbing their full potential. Such problems have occurred due to weak governance strategies and careless implementation and monitoring of various reforms. The study observes that the essence of democracy at local government level is yet to be achieved, as citizen’s participation in urban governance is extremely limited.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Realistic policy directions for achieving better governance are explained in the book.</p>

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