Promoting Social Mobility in India: Modes of Action and Types of Support Organizations

Journal Article

© 2017, © 2017 SAGE Publications India Private Limited. Equality of opportunity is an important ideal to uphold in a just society. Beyond its long-standing commitment to affirmative action, relatively little has been done in India to realize this ideal. Compared to other countries, Indian children raised in poverty have a smaller chance of rising to high positions. Seized of this situation, a group of organizations has taken up the mission of social mobility promotion. Through coaching, mentorship, guidance, information provision and other means, these organizations are helping smart and hard-working children with backgrounds in poverty to aspire, and to achieve, superior career options. We identify five types of social mobility promoting organizations (SMPOs), examine their modes of action and indicate future directions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Krishna, A; Agarwal, S

Published Date

  • December 1, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 236 - 258

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 0973-1733

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0973-1741

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0973174117733429

Citation Source

  • Scopus