Social Hierarchies, Economic Inequalities and Interpersonal Relationships: An Overview from India


  • Sony Pellissery


Abject mass poverty is of the key feature of Indian subcontinent. The relationship question, in this paper, is viewed through the lenses of poverty. Thus, the spatial, political, societal and economic questions come to picture when relationships are examined through the eyes of the poor people. Face-to-face interaction, primarily, based on strong social group collective identity is the key hallmark of relationships in India. The social group identity brings hierarchy into the interaction patterns. Thus, even market relations are not merely based on the questions of economic incentives. Social identity deeply penetrates to the huge informal economy that permeates in India. Thus, caught in the web of relationships even at market sphere, the poor people come together to fight, protest and to collaborate for their own well-being.

Author Biography

Sony Pellissery, Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA)
Associate professor, Institute for Rural Management (IRMA), Sony Pellissery’s research interests are around how personal relationships and micro politics in the communities shape public policies at the
implementation stage. He teaches the courses of Development Theories, Collective Action and
Social Entrepreneurship at IRMA