Deprivation: Its Social Roots and Psychological Consequences

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About the Book :

Socio-cultural and economic disadvantage has emerged as a focal theme of study in recent years. Psycho-social  deprivation and its consequences have scarcely been systematically studied in the Indian social context where widespread poverty and socio-cultural inequalities play a decisive role in the growth of human personality. The present book brings together a collection of 14 papers by eminent psychologists, sociologists and political scientists read at an interdisciplinary symposium on ‘Psycho-Social Deprivation held at the U.G.C. Centre of Special Assistance on Psychological Study of Social Change and National Development, and Department of Psychology, Allahabad University. The papers included in the book deal with conceptual and methodological issues involved in the study of deprivation and psycho-social consequences of cultural and economic disadvantage in several relevant areas of human functioning. The effects of deprivation in diverse contexts, viz., nutritional deficiency, language deficits, development of congnitive skills, school achievement, motivational and personality changes have been analysed. Finally, and attempt is made to suggest intervention strategies to cope with the problems of socio-economic disadvantage. The book, therefore, should be of immense value for social psychologists, child development and educational psychologists apart from the social scientists who are engaged in studying wider problems of socio-economic inequalities in our country.

About Author :

Durganand Sinha M. Sc., Cambridge University is Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology and Chairman of the U.G.C. Center of Special Assistance. Allahabad University. He is the author of 6 books including Indian Villages in Transition, Motivation and Rural Development, Academic Achievers and Non-Achievers, and The Mughal Syndrome.

Rama Charan Tripathi, Ph.D., is the Director, G.B. Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad and former Head of the Department of Psychology, University of Allahabad. He obtained his doctoral degree in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan and was a Fulbright Fellow at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan (1967-68, 1982). His research interests include intergroup relations, influence processes in organizations and human resource development and rural development.

Girishwar Misra, Ph.D., is Professor and former Head, Department of Psychology, and Dean Faculty of Arts, University of Delhi. He has been Fulbright Fellow at Swarthmore College and the University of Michigan. During his academic career spanning over three decades, he has previously taught at the Universities of Bhopal, Allahabad and Gorakhpur. The Government of Madhya Pradesh conferred upon him the Radhakrishnan and Dr. Hari Singh Gaur Awards. Professor Misra has authored or edited Psychological Consequences of Prolonged Deprivation, Deprivation: Its Social Roots and Psychological Consequences, Applied Social Psychology in India, Perspectives on Indigenous Psychology, Psychological Perspectives on Stress and Health, Psychology of Poverty and Social Disadvantage, and Contributions to Psychology in India. He has been President and Convener of the National Academy of Psychology, India. He is currently editing its journal Psychological Studies. He can be contacted at