This book examines the economic gains and social costs of agrarian transformation in India. The author looks at three phases of agrarian transformation: colonial, post-colonial and neoliberal. This work combines macro and micro economic data, economic and non-economic phenomena, quantitative and qualitative aspects while exploring the context of historical and contemporary changes with special reference to Maharashtra in Western India. It discusses regional disparities in agricultural development; issues of modernisation and social inequality; land owning among scheduled castes and tribes; women in agriculture; pattern of labour migration and farmer's suicides; and documents the experiences and conditions of the rural poor and socially weaker sections, to provide a comprehensive understanding of the significant changes in agrarian rural economy of Western India. It also discusses contemporary development policy and practices and their consequences. Lucid and topical, this volume will be useful to scholars and researchers of agrarian studies, rural sociology, social history, agricultural economics, development studies, political economy, political studies and public policy as also planning and policy experts.
Table of contents:
List of Figures List of Tables Preface and Acknowledgements Abbreviations Glossary Introduction Chapter 1 From Colonialism to Neoliberalism: The Trajectory of Agrarian Transformation Chapter 2 Regional Disparity in Agricultural Development Chapter 3 Agricultural Modernisation and Social Inequality Chapter 4 Land and Agriculture among Scheduled Castes and Tribes Chapter 5 Neoliberal Reforms, Agrarian Change and Rural Women Chapter 6 Rural Poverty and Rural Labour Migration Chapter 7 Changing Response to Agrarian Crisis: From Rebellion to Suicides Chapter 8 `We are like the living dead': Farmer Suicides in Maharashtra Concluding Reflections Bibliography Index
B. B. Mohanty is Professor of Sociology at Pondicherry University in Puducherry, India. His areas of interest include agrarian transition and crisis in India. He is the Editor of Agrarian Change and Mobilisation (2012) and Critical Perspectives on Agrarian Transition: India in the Global Debate (2016).