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Rural Politics in India
Political Stratification and Governance in West Bengal


  • Date Published: December 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107042353

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  • This book discusses the forms and dynamics of political processes in rural India with a special emphasis on West Bengal, the nation's fourth-most populous state. West Bengal's political distinction stems from its long legacy of a Left-led coalition government for more than thirty years and its land reform initiatives. The book closely looks at how people from different castes, religions, and genders represent themselves in local governments, political parties, and in the social movements in West Bengal. At the same time it addresses some important questions: Is there any new pattern of politics emerging at the margins? How does this pattern of politics correspond with the current discourse of governance? Using ethnographic techniques, it claims to chart new territories by not only examining how rural people see the state, but also conceiving the context by comparing the available theoretical frameworks put forward to explain the political dynamics of rural India.

    • Deals with the political dynamics of rural India
    • Discusses the relation between local government and different social groups in villages
    • Explains the linkages between political parties, local government and village society
    • Examines the question why peasant women take part in the movements against land acquisition
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107042353
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction
    2. Land, development and politics in West Bengal
    3. Changing landscape of two villages in West Bengal
    4. Seeing the state and governance in the grassroots
    5. Party and politics at the margin
    6. A narrative of peasant resistance: land, party and the state
    7. Caste and power in rural context
    8. Women and caste: in struggle and in governance
    9. Conclusion: a new kind of peasant mobilization?

  • Author

    Dayabati Roy, University of Copenhagen
    Dayabati Roy is an independent researcher. She completed her postdoctoral study at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Her research interests include rural politics, postcolonial theories, social movements and governmentality.

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