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8 Identities and Access to Energy: A Case From India

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Cross-cutting identity issues play a significant role in shaping individual identities. These identities are quintessential determinants of access to energy services, which in turn are interlinked with equity and development. Rema Hammami's essay gives significant attention to the role of gender and its impact on one's identity. The author explains that Indian society provides a mixed experience. In education, gender inequality is not so clear, girls from lower-caste or low-income family backgrounds tend to drop out faster, and their average education levels are slightly lower than those of men. However, girls do have a secondary position in family hierarchies, as can be seen by the tendency of pregnant women to have an abortion the moment parents know their child is going to be a girl. Female foeticide is a major social problem in India, and surprisingly, this tendency is seen to have higher incidence among the upper-caste and wealthy families.

Keywords: Cross-cutting identity; female foeticide; gender inequality; India; Rema Hammami



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