Gender and caste intersectionality in the Indian context

Mrudula Anne, Jamie Callahan, Hyonjou Kang

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Abstract

The current paper deals with the concept of intersectionality, with specific emphasis on interconnectedness of gender and caste discrimination situated in the Indian society. While globalization brought along with it development and prosperity, it also increased the gap between the rich and the poor. Gender and caste inequalities have been deeply rooted in the Indian culture and the sudden surge of prosperity lead to power politics by some oligarchs, depriving basic human rights for individuals from the minorities. Women with multiple identities are still not represented and their opinions not voiced in the parliament. There is not much research on the effect of the convergence of multiple identities on the life of individuals, and this paper is an attempt to address this gap in literature. To address the needs of the downtrodden in India, we explore the intersectionality of gender and caste using a lens of cultural conflict as a means to identify the systems, structures, and experiences that can be ameliorated through HRD intervention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-48
Number of pages18
JournalHuman Resource Management
Volume2013
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

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