Caste, COVID-19, and Inequalities of Care: Lessons from South Asia

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Sanghmitra S. Acharya, Stephen Christopher
Springer Nature, 2022 - COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020- - 401 pages
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This book explores how social discrimination in South Asia contributes to health disparities and impedes well-being. Specifically, it addresses how marginalization shapes health outcomes, both under normal circumstances and specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic. Coming from diverse backgrounds and representing different academic disciplines, the authors have contributed a range of chapters drawing from quantitative and ethnographic material across South Asia. Chapters address reservation politics, tribal lifeways, Dalit exclusions from governmental institutions, Muslim ghettoization, gendered domestic violence, social determinants of health among migrant workers, and the pandemic fallout across South Asian society, among other subjects. Scholars draw on decades of experience and firsthand ethnographic fieldwork among affected communities. The chapters provide an innovative analysis, often in real time, of the human toll of casteism, classism, patriarchy, and religious intolerance--many set against the spectre of COVID-19. Many authors not only present social critiques but also offer specific policy recommendations. The book is of great interest to social scientists, public health practitioners, and policy advocates interested in addressing systemic inequalities and ensuring that future pandemics are not disproportionately felt by the most vulnerable.
 

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Contents

1 Of Prejudice and Pandemics
1
Part I Institutional Exclusions
9
State Misrecognition of Himachali Dalits
13
Alimentary Knots of Tension Around Nutrition Autonomy and Nationhood
39
4 The Role of Caste Prejudice in Hampering Infection Control Efforts in Government Hospitals
63
Reflections on COVID19 Experiences in India
84
Increasing Digital Divide and Vulnerability Among Indian Students
103
A Reflection on Urban Living Environments and Infrastructure Conditions in Hyderabad
127
11 How Do Pandemics Affect Frontline Health Interventions? Insights from the National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme in Bengaluru India
215
Impediments and Resilience of Women in Allahabad District India
233
13 COVID19 and Violence Against Women in India
247
Part III Health Inequalities
271
Learning from the Pandemic
274
15 Caste Disparities in Health Care Utilization in India
297
16 Reflections on Gendered Health Inequalities within Households
316
17 Tea Plantation Workers and the Human Cost of Darjeeling Tea
333

8 Experiences of and Responses to COVID19 in a Ho Tribal Village in Jharkhand
151
Part II COVID19 Disparities
171
An Intersectional Analysis
174
An Illustration from Bangladesh
195
18 Socioeconomic Disparities in Access and Utilization of Health Care Services in Nepal
355
Persistent Inequalities Among Agricultural Communities in a Dry Zone
374
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