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Conflict, Caste, and Resolution: A Quantitative Analysis for Indian Villages

Borooah, Vani and Tagat, Anirudh and Mishra, Vinod (2019): Conflict, Caste, and Resolution: A Quantitative Analysis for Indian Villages. Published in: Indian Growth and Development Review No.


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Using data covering 18 states in India and encompassing 8,652 households in 242 villages in 18 Indian states, this paper answers three broad questions: What is probability that conflict within a village will be perceived as caste-based (as opposed to non-caste-based) and has this probability changed over time? Further, does the perception of a conflict being caste-based differ between caste groups? Does the effect of conflict on life and property depend upon whether it caste-based or non-caste-based? Further, does this effect on life and property differ between caste groups Are some conflict-resolving agencies more effective at dealing with caste-based conflicts and others more effective with non-caste-based conflicts? Our conclusion is that, compared to non-caste-based conflicts, caste-based conflicts entail greater loss of life and property and, furthermore, they require the services of different agencies for their resolution.

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