A Citizenship-based Analysis of Anti-poverty Programmes Targeting Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) in India

  • Monimala SENGUPTA (Speaker)

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There is a vast literature in social policy on the concepts of citizenship, social exclusion and poverty. However, the connections among these concepts and what they mean for people in poverty remain largely underexplored and therefore, only assumed. Further, citizenship as an organising concept in social policy studies emerged in debates in the global North. The implications of these discussions for poverty in the global South remain underdeveloped. Unpacking citizenship as a lens to understand poverty and exclusion among Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) in India, my analysis shows the need to problematize citizenship as a framework for conceptualising need because it is often graded and pliable to dominant social interests. More importantly, the situation of PVTGs (an indigenous group in India) demonstrates that policy can be a tool to challenge prevalent notions of citizenship but only if it centres the lives of those with direct experience of deprivation.
Period10 Mar 2022
Event titlePolicy and Comparative Development Studies Seminar Series
Event typeSeminar
OrganisersInstitute of Policy Studies, School of Graduate Studies