Social mobility research has held a central place in the sociological analysis of industrialized countries of the west, particularly with regard to the study of stratification systems, their forms, and processes. The research on India has however been mostly scattered. The lack of systematic research in this area implies that we do not have a sense of the precise amount of social mobility in contemporary India, and the changes such mobility has had on social
structures over time and across demographics. This book draws on national level datasets and quantitative methods to understand the multiple strands of social mobility or the lack of it, by focusing on the overlapping identities of social class, caste, and gender in both rural and urban context. It
investigates the contemporary processes and drivers of mobility, and appraises the role of education in supporting or preventing increased upward social mobility by concentrating on those groups that are disadvantaged from this very opportunity. It also takes into account the impact of liberalization on social mobility and argues that mobility today is differentially patterned on the basis of local and global identities.
Divya Vaid teaches Sociology at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She holds an M.Sc. and a D.Phil. in Sociology from the University of Oxford. Prior to joining JNU, Divya held Postdoctoral positions at the Center for the Study of Inequality and the Life Course (CIQLE) at the Department of Sociology, Yale University; and at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. She specializes in the study of social
mobility and inequality, with a keen interest in class and education, and gender and urban life. She teaches courses on Social Stratification, on Social Mobility and on Statistics.