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Development and Deprivation in Gujarat: In Honour of Jan Breman

Ghanshyam Shah (Editor) Mario Rutten (Editor) Hein Streefkerk (Editor)
Synopsis Gujarat is one of the most industrialised and prosperous of the states comprising the Indian Union. In social terms, however, the all-round development of the state has been accompanied by a widening gap between a wealthy and dominant middle class, and the vast labouring classes whose important contribution to the phenomenal growth of the state has been without commensurate returns in terms either of incomes or the quality of their lives. Conceived as a festschrift in honour of Jan Breman, this multidisciplinary volume provides an incisive analysis of various aspects of present-day Gujarati society. By concentrating on the conditions of Dalits, tribals, landless agricultural labourers and industrial workers, the 16 original essays gathered here provide a vivid account of the paradoxes and social consequences of both industrial and agricultural growth. Reflecting the main elements of Professor Breman’s singular contribution to the study of Gujarat, the major themes discussed are: The contradictions of capitalist development, Rural and urban labour relations, The causes of deprivation and modes of protest amongst the subalterns, The causes and consequences of migration, both internal and international Overall, this important volume provides numerous and valuable insights into the social and economic processes at work in present-day Gujarat. It will, therefore, be of considerable interest to students and scholars of sociology, social anthropology, political science, economics and labour studies as also to all those interested in contemporary Gujarat.
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About the authors

Ghanshyam Shah

Ghanshyam Shah is an eminent political scientist who has written extensively on caste, class, communalism and social movements. He was Senior Fellow and Director, Centre for Social Studies, Surat, and till recently, held the Dr. Ambedkar Chair at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie. At present, he is Professor in Social Sciences in Community Health at Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Hein Streefkerk

Until his retirement in 2004, Hein Streefkerk was Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Apart from contributing various articles to journals and edited volumes, he has published Industrial Transition in rural India; Managing Rural Development and On the Production of Knowledge.

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Bibliographic information

Title Development and Deprivation in Gujarat: In Honour of Jan Breman
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178292068
length 346p., Tables.