Gender Dynamics in Economic Development of India

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Reference Press, Jan 1, 2009 - Business & Economics - 334 pages
Gender Equality has become a buzzword in different form across the globe. New books and literatures on Women development have been appearing with increasing rapidity. The ongoing globalisation process has generated an over optimism around the globe. It has created an atmosphere of excitement of instant economic growth. But moving very fast in the economic ladder does not mean much unless it brings social development. The feminisation of jobs in India. is less meaningful. Because the ongoing commercialisation process displaces the women. The neo-patriarchy gradually gets institutionalised at several spheres: work, culture, customs, religion and education. She is not free to think as an individual. Technology and science has remained as divisive as before. Software is dominated by females, while hardware is dominated by males. The preference for boy-child , drop out rate among girl-student, dowry, violence and dowry-related death have not decreased among the educated class. Thus we need a meaningful social transformation, which gives the equal human status to women . Empowerment of women is not a product but a process to evolve from the society itself but not to be triggered by outside donors or agencies. This book argues for genuine women development. It examines the gender implications of the economic development process. It highlights the impact of industrialisation and economic development on women. It analyses the gender equality under the broader framework of human development. It argues that the idea of women development should be less nebulous and more practical. It asserts that we should have gender budgeting women empowerment in order to build a prosperous society. The author provides a systematic treatment organising the increasingly influential new political economy as a more established field at the highly productive intersection of economics and society. By using his insightful experience the author demonstrates that national policies are the key determinants of women development. The book focuses on powerful economic and social dynamics. This text will have an enormous impact on planner, policy makers and social activists, redefining how the policy maker should think about full range of gender.

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Dr Kumar Das was the Head of the Department of Economics at Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. He obtained the doctoral fellowship in Applied Economics from Calcutta University in 1978 and earned his Ph.D. in 1984. He did his post doctoral work at the university of Bamberg (German) and obtained the D.Litt degree in 1995. He has 27 years of post graduate teaching and research experience. He has the wide experience of undertaking major research projects and guiding research scholars. Fifteen Ph.D. scholars and 40 M.Phil scholars have been awarded under his supervision. To his credit he has authored 15 books and published about 130 research papers in reputed professional journals of India and abroad. He has extensively participated, chaired and presented papers in international conferences and workshops. He is the member of Royal Economic society (London), International Association of Regional Science (USA), List Society (German) and Society of International Development (Italy), LACDE (China).

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