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Development Failure and Identity Politics in Uttar Pradesh

Roger Jeffery (Editor) Craig Jeffrey (Editor) Jens Lerche (Editor)

The work presents an in-depth understanding of failures in the course of development and identity politics in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It delves into neo-liberal change and political transformation in India’s largest and poorest state of UP, probing the association between transitions in the contemporary economy of India and the nature of political transformations. Concerned with, broadly, issues of the state, the civil society, democracy and social impact of economic reforms, it explores the link between democracy and development, the concern for social justice for Dalits, transformation of rural areas and occupational diversification that are taking place and recognition of caste and community identities in women’s activism in the backdrop of the social and political divisions that exist in the state.

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About the authors

Roger Jeffery

Roger Jeffery holds a personal chair in the Sociology of South Asia in the University of Edinburgh. His research interests are in social demography, rural social change, social aspects of forestry and education and social inequality. Since 1982 he has carried out three extended periods of research in Bijnor District, each concerned with gender relationships. His publications include (with Patricia Jeffery) Labour Pains and Labour Power (1989); Gender, Population and Politics (1997); and Don’t Marry Me to Plowman! (1996). His most recent fieldwork (with Craig Jeffrey) was on secondary schooling and social inequalities.

Craig Jeffrey

Craig Jeffrey is Professor at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St. John's College.

Jens Lerche

Jens Lerche has taught Development Studies at London University’s School off Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) since 1994. His main research interests are rural labour relations and the role of government institutions in India and Nepal. He has researched Uttar Pradesh since 1992, investigating socio-economic and political processes influencing the livelihoods of the rural poor, the feminisation of agricultural labour; emergence of new types of labour relations within modern agriculture; and violent dominance of rural workers. His recent publications include a co-edited volume on Rural Labour Relations in India, and papers on State, Discourse and Class Reproduction in UP.

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Title Development Failure and Identity Politics in Uttar Pradesh
Format Hardcover
Date published: 29.12.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788132116639
length xiii+270p., Illustrations; 23cm.