[act-ma] Sat 5/12 4PM MIT 4-231 - Modernization and Globalization: Understanding Social Exclusion in South Asia

Umang Kumar umkumar at gmail.com
Fri May 11 03:43:39 PDT 2012

Modernization and Globalization: Understanding Social Exclusion in South Asia

Sat. May 12 | 4 PM
MIT Building 4 - Room 231
77 mass ave, cambridge

a seminar by
Prof. Vivek Kumar
Associate Professor,
Center for the Study of Social Systems
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Open to the public

How has modernization and globalization  been perceived by the masses? How
has this effected homogenization, pluralization, traditionalization and
hybridization?  What about  issues of availability, accessibility, and

Vivek Kumar (Ph.D.) is a Visiting Associate Professor in the Sociology
Department at Columbia University, and a Fulbright Teaching Fellow in
residence at the South Asia Institute. Vivek Kumar is appointed as an
Associate Professor at
the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, in the School of Social
Sciences, at Jawaharlal Nehru University, where he earned his Ph.D.
His major area of interest is in issues of Dalits, marginalized
section in India and global African community struggles.

He has been engaged in comparative issues of Dalits and African
American. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of
Pune, Jammu, and Mumbai. His recent publications include the Co‐edited
volume Dynamics of Change and Continuity in the Age of Globalization:
Voices from the Margins (2009), and the monographs Dalit Society: Old
Problems and New Aspirations (2007), and India's Roaring Revolution:
Dalit Assertion and New Horizons (2006).

Kumar is currently involved in an ongoing research project, "Social
Status and Social Attitudes in India: A Study of Indian College
Students," with Professor Jim Sidanius (Harvard) and Arjun Bharadwaj
(University of British Columbia). He was also
called by the Planning Commission of India and Empowerment and Social
Justice Ministry of India for the formulation of upcoming 12th five
year plan of India. His areas of specialization areSocial
Stratification in India, Indian Diaspora and Social Movements of

Supported by: Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia

"The woods are lovely, dark and deep"

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