PLSC 270 - Lecture 17 - The Case of Mister Balram Halwai

Lecture 17 - The Case of Mister Balram Halwai

Overview

Professor Rae discusses Aravind Adiga's novel The White Tiger. The novel reveals the difficulties developing countries face dismantling entrenched inequalities. Corruption and chronic rent-seeking behavior can be major obstacles. Other aspects of the novel, including India's religious history, the role of caste structure, and entrepreneurialism, are also explored. Links are made between themes from the novel and previous class discussions on the nature of capitalism.

Assignment

Adiga, White Tiger, pp. 95-321.

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