Employment, Exclusion and 'Merit' in the Indian IT Industry

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Journal Articles


Carol Upadhya


Economic and Political Weekly, Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 42, Number 20, p.1863–1868 (2007)




The Indian information technology industry is often epresented as providing employment opportunities to a wider cross section of society than has been the case with other professional and white collar jobs. However, available data suggest that the social composition of the IT workforce is more homogeneous than is often supposed, in that the workforce is largely urban, middle class, and high/middle caste. The processes of exclusion that operate in the educational system and in recruitment as also the ideology of ?merit? in the context of elite opposition to reservation, create this relative social homogeneity in the IT workforce


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