Affirmative action in India: redistribuzione di beni e creazione di identità

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Abstract

[automatically translated] India is probably the state in which the affirmative action concerns the larger percentage of the population and the most varied areas of public life; also the first forms of facilitation of disadvantaged groups provided by the government date back more than 130 years ago. The reservation policy (the name by which in India are called affirmative action) is a recurring topic of public debate: prominent theme of each election program has a profound influence in the establishment of the base of the parties and in the choice of representatives, is contested or invoked in many political battles and in many social conflicts shaking the country. He has strongly contributed to profile the collective identity of India today. No wonder that the Indian scientific production with regard to the substantial and unequal right to equality has gained considerable depth and that, as linked to the specificity of the place where it was born, provide comparative insights of great interest to the international debate on the issue. In this paper I will introduce the history of affirmative action in India, I will explain briefly how the current application, and finally I will try to use the case of the reservation policy for other backword classes (one of the target groups planned by the Indian Constitution) to discuss the issue more general institutional creation of collective identities. provide comparative insights of great interest to the international debate on the issue. In this paper I will introduce the history of affirmative action in India, I will explain briefly how the current application, and finally I will try to use the case of the reservation policy for other backword classes (one of the target groups planned by the Indian Constitution) to discuss the issue more general institutional creation of collective identities. provide comparative insights of great interest to the international debate on the issue. In this paper I will introduce the history of affirmative action in India, I will explain briefly how the current application, and finally I will try to use the case of the reservation policy for other backword classes (one of the target groups planned by the Indian Constitution) to discuss the issue more general institutional creation of collective identities.
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)375-408
Number of pages28
JournalPolitica del Diritto
Volume3
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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