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Sonar Bangla? Agricultural Growth and Agrarian Change in West Bengal and Bangladesh

Sugata Bose (Editor) Ben Rogaly (Editor)
Synopsis After decades of stagnation, Bengal agricultural output finally began to grow faster than the population from the mid 1980s onwards. While this achievement has been widely heralded, there has been no effort to analyse in detail the reasons for and the consequences of agrarian change in the region. Providing a unique interdisciplinary synthesis, this volume--which draws chiefly upon micro studies of villages in West Bengal and Bangladesh--explores the complex causality between agricultural growth, Government policy and local level practice, and agrarian social change. The book is divided into three parts dealing respectively with agricultural growth, poverty and well-being, policies and practices; and changing agrarian structure. Among the issues discussed are: The extent to which the West Bengal Government's agrarian reforms were responsible for rapid agricultural growth. The outcomes of this growth for poverty and well-being in the state. The liberalisation of agricultural input markets and growth trends in Bangladesh. The impact of the recent agricultural growth on structures of land and water ownership; on caste-based ideologies; on markets for produce; and on migrant wage-workers. The book leavens official data with extended research in rural Bengal as well as detailed archival research. The contributions represent diverse ideological and disciplinary approaches, and even provide sharply contesting interpretations which reflect the debates currently raging around the themes covered in the volume. Representing a unique project of interdisciplinary synthesis, this timely and deliberately eclectic volume has immediate research and policy implications. It will attract the attention of a wide range of readers--economists, sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists, administrators, geographers and those studying political economy and development issues.
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About the author

Sugata Bose

Sugata Bose is Gardiner Professor of History at Harvard University. His publications include Nationalism, Democracy and Development: State and Politics in India (co-edited with Ayesha Jalal; 1997) and The Indian Struggle, 1920-1942: Subhas Chandra Bose (co-edited with Sisir Kumar Bose; 1997).

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Title Sonar Bangla? Agricultural Growth and Agrarian Change in West Bengal and Bangladesh
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170367719
length 424p.