Social Development in Kerala: Illusion or Reality?: Illusion or Reality?

1st Edition

Sundar Ramanathaiyer, Stewart MacPherson

Published December 14, 2017
Reference - 232 Pages
ISBN 9781138715752 - CAT# Y325019
Series: Routledge Revivals


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This title was first published in 2000:  There has been considerable academic interest in the innovative development programme taking place in Kerala, India. Much has been published on the specific "achievements" of the programme, such as literacy, health care, communication and demographic indicators. However, lurking beneath the surface are the harsh realities of chronic unemployment, poverty and deprivation among the elderly and weaker sections of the society, the oppression of women and the inefficiency of the government. These problems are revealed in this book through in-depth empirical research undertaken by a native Keralan. In the light of this material, this text questions whether the Kerala model of development should indeed be regarded as worth emulation.

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