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Structural transformation and agrarian change in India

Djurfeldt, Göran LU and Sircar, Srilata LU (2016)
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The landlord and his emaciated labourer are symbolic of Indian agriculture. However, this relationship is less assured as large landowners have fallen from their superior position. This volume explores how this emblematic pair is becoming a thing of the past. Structural Transformation and Agrarian Change in India investigates whether family labour farms are gaining prominence as a consequence of the structural trans formation of the economy. The authors work alongside Weberian method - ology of ideal types and develop different types of family farms; among them family labour farms that rely mainly on family workers, contrasted with capitalist farms that depend on hired labour. Agriculture is shrinking as a part of the total GDP at the... (More)

The landlord and his emaciated labourer are symbolic of Indian agriculture. However, this relationship is less assured as large landowners have fallen from their superior position. This volume explores how this emblematic pair is becoming a thing of the past. Structural Transformation and Agrarian Change in India investigates whether family labour farms are gaining prominence as a consequence of the structural trans formation of the economy. The authors work alongside Weberian method - ology of ideal types and develop different types of family farms; among them family labour farms that rely mainly on family workers, contrasted with capitalist farms that depend on hired labour. Agriculture is shrinking as a part of the total GDP at the same time as agricultural labour is shrinking as part of the total labour force. The changing agrarian structure is explored with the use of unique longterm survey data and statistical models. Results show that India is approaching farm structures that are typical of East and South East Asia, with pluriactive smallholders as the norm. This book successfully criticizes popular narratives about Indian agricultural development as well as simplistic evolutionist, Marxist or neoclassical prognoses. It is of great importance to those who study development economics, development studies and South Asian economics.

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  author       = {Djurfeldt, Göran and Sircar, Srilata},
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  year         = {2016},
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