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Farmers, Subalterns, and Activists

Farmers, Subalterns, and Activists
Social Politics of Sustainable Agriculture in India


  • Date Published: July 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108425100


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  • In theory, chemical-free sustainable agriculture not only has ecological benefits, but also social and economic benefits for rural communities. By removing farmers' expenses on chemical inputs, it provides them with greater autonomy and challenges the status quo, where corporations dominate food systems. In practice, however, organisations promoting sustainable agriculture often maintain connections with powerful institutions and individuals, who have vested interests in maintaining the status quo. This book explores this tension within the sustainable farming movement through reference to three detailed case studies of organisations operating in rural India.

    • Develops a unique Gramscian theoretical perspective on the history of rural development in India
    • Engages in global debates on food sovereignty and agroecology, challenging dominant narratives
    • Provides in-depth empirical data on social and political aspects of sustainable farming organisations in India
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    • Date Published: July 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108425100
    • length: 210 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 157 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. India's agrarian crisis: a Gramscian view
    3. Embedded in power: potentials and constraints of sustainable agriculture
    4. The Kheti Virasat Mission: people's movement or agrarian populism?
    5. The Tamil Nadu organic farmers' movement: the limits of participatory approaches
    6. The Beej Bachao Andolan: how 'grassroots' is the grassroots?
    7. Conclusion

  • Author

    Trent Brown, University of Melbourne
    Trent Brown is Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow in the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne. His research explores various aspects of social transformation in contemporary India, including rural development, urbanisation, youth transitions, skill development, and sustainability issues.

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