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Author: Andre Beteille
Surinder S Jodhka/Several Contributors
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Surinder S. Jodhka
Publisher: Orient BlackSwan
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788125046035
This volume presents a set of readings which primarily focus on the social, political and cultural aspects of village life. A few readings discuss issues of agrarian change and the economy of rural India. A comprehensive introduction provides a detailed historical analysis of the study of rural India, the changes in rural social life, and the forces shaping life in villages today. The articles, drawn from writings over four decades (1972 to 2010), cover various features of village society: caste and community, land and labor, migration, discrimination and use of common property resources, among others. The volume will be a single reference point for some of the best published works in the field.Readings on the Economy, Polity and Society: This series is being published as part of a University Grants Commission project to promote teaching and research in the social sciences in India. The project (2010–12) has been jointly executed by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and the Economic and Political Weekly. The series is meant to introduce university students and research scholars to important research that has been published in EPW in specific areas. The journal has, over the decades, published a large number of research papers in all the social sciences. The readers draw on this archive of EPW’s published articles. The titles—in economics, politics, sociology and the environment—reflect EPW’s strengths as well as the interests of the academic community. Each set of readings is compiled by a senior academic who has also written an introductory essay for the volume. TISS and EPW are grateful to the authors of the articles included here for permission to reprint them.About The Editor:Surinder S. Jodhka is Professor, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
ContentsList of Tables and FiguresIntroduction: Surinder S. JodhkaSection IVillage Society: Methods and PerspectivesIntroduction1. Village Studies, Participant Observation and Social Science Research in India by M.N. Srinivas2. The Tribulations of Fieldwork by Andre Beteille3. Nation and Village: Images of Rural India in Gandhi, Nehru and Ambedkar by Surinder S. JodhkaSection IISocial and Cultural LifeIntroduction4. Inclusive View of Religion: A Rural Discourse in Uttar Pradesh by G.K. Lieten5. Modernisation and Rural Stratification: An Application at the Micro-Level by K.L. Sharma6. The Untouchable Present: Everyday Life of Musahars in North Bihar by Mukul Sharma7. New Technology and Traditional Rural Institutions: Case of Jajmani Relations In Karnataka by G.K. Karanth8. Changing Religious Practices: Their Relationship to Secular Power in a Rajasthan Village by Partap C. Aggarwal9. Institutions and Incentives in a Garhwal Village: Common Property Regimes in Traditional Societies by Jishnu DasSection IIISocial, Economic and Political ProcessesIntroduction10. Taking Dung-Work Seriously: Women’s Work nad Rural Development in North India by Roger Jeffery, Patricia Jeffery and Andrew Lyon11. Coping with Male Migration by Leela Gulati12. Politicisations of Delits and Most Backward Castes : Study of Social Conflict and Political Preferences in Four Villages of Meerut District by Sudha Pai and Jagpal Singh13. Emergence of Backward Casts in South Telangana: Agrarian Change and Grass Roots Politics by Anil Kumar VaddirajuSection IVPerspectives on ChangeIntroduction14. Whither the Indian Village: Culture and Agriculture in ‘Rural’ India by Dipankar Gupta15. Land, Labor and Caste Politics in Rural Tamil Nadu in the Twentieth Century: Iruvelpattu 1916-2008 by John Harriss, J. Jeyaranjan and K. Nagaraj16. Common Property Resources and Rural Poor in Dry Regions of India by N.S. JodhaList of Authors