Industrialising Rural India

Industrialising Rural India : Land, policy and resistance

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Rapid industrialisation is promoted by many as the most feasible way of rejuvenating the Indian economy, and as a way of generating employment on a large scale. At the same time, the transfer of land from rural communities and indigenous groups for industrial parks, mining, or Special Economic Zones has emerged as perhaps the most explosive issue in India over the past decade. Industrialising Rural India sheds light on crucial political and social dynamics that unfold today as India seeks to accelerate industrial growth. The volume examines key aspects that are implicated in current processes of industrialisation in rural India, including the evolution of industrial and related policies; the contested role of land transfers, dispossession, and the destruction of the natural resource base more generally; and the popular resistance against industrial projects, extractive industries and Special Economic Zones. Combining the work of scholars long established in their respective fields with the refreshing approach of younger scholars, Industrialising Rural India seeks to chart new ways in the study of contemporary industrialisation and its associated challenges in India. This cutting-edge interdisciplinary work will be of interest to scholars working on industrial development and land questions in India and South Asia alongside those with an interest in sociology , political science and development more

Product details

  • Hardback | 212 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 15.24mm | 442g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9 black & white illustrations, 8 black & white tables, 1 black & white halftones
  • 1138936715
  • 9781138936713

About Kenneth Bo Nielsen

Kenneth Bo Nielsen is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Sociology at the University of Bergen, Norway. Patrik Oskarsson is a Researcher at the Department of Rural and Urban Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, more

Table of contents

Part 1: Introduction 1. Industrialising Rural India Patrik Oskarsson and Kenneth Bo Nielsen Part 2: Policy Evolution 2. 'The Dog that didn't Bark' (Very Loud) - Large-scale Development Projects with Little Protests in Nehru's India Jorgen Dige Pedersen 3. From State-led Development to Embedded Neo-liberalism: India's Industrial and Social Policies in Comparative Perspective Stein Sundstol Eriksen 4. 'Should the Son of a Farmer always remain a Farmer?' The Ambivalence of Industrialisation and Resistance in West Bengal Sarasij Majumder and Kenneth Bo Nielsen Part 4: Governing Nature and Society 5. Coal as National Development in India: Transforming Landscapes and Social Relations in the Quest for Energy Security Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt 6. A Different Story of Coal: The Power of Power in Northeast India Bengt G. Karlsson 7. The Nature of Bauxite Mining and Adivasi Livelihoods in the Industrialisation of Eastern India Patrik Oskarsson 8. Resource Extraction in Jharkhand's West Singhbhum: The Continuing Marginalisation of Adivasi Livelihoods Despite Decentralisation Siddharth Sareen Part 4: The Ambiguity of Resistance 9. Rural Industry, the Forest Rights Act, and the Performance(s) of Proof Prakruti Ramesh 10. 'We will need a Passport to Enter the Site': Envisioning Land, Industrialisation, and the State in Goa Heather Plumridge Bedishow more