The Death of Shankar: Social Exclusion and Tuberculosis in a Poor Neighbourhood in Bhubaneswar, Odisha

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Labels like ‘the poor’ are very common in development discourse as well as in academic discussions of issues like marginalization, discrimination and exclusion. This chapter seeks to ‘deconstruct’ the label not at the discoursive level but through an ethnography of a small poor neighborhood (basti) in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Orissa. The chapter explores the heterogeneous and hierarchical composition of the basti and unfolds the case of the social exclusion and ultimate death of a patient with tuberculosis who belonged to the poorest section of the basti, called Pradhan sahi. The case of both patient and basti is briefly discussed in relation to an analytical framework proposed by M. Douglas that seeks to disentangle – or qualify – the concept of ‘culture’ from notions of poverty and development. The analysis shows the internal divides within the small neighbourhood and suggests that the basti may be seen as a microcosmic version of the larger Indian society undergoing rapid transformation and economic growth, but also with strong barriers to the idea of ‘inclusive growth’.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelNavigating Social Exclusion and Inclusion in Contemporary India and Beyond : structures, agents, practices
RedaktørerUwe Skoda, Kenneth Bo Nielsen, Marianne Qvortrup Fibiger
Antal sider238
ForlagAnthem Press
Udgivelsesårmaj 2013
Sider207-226
Kapitel12
ISBN (trykt)9780857283221
StatusUdgivet - maj 2013

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