Agrarian Modernity and Development in India: Postcolonial Rurality
The social science discourse on the power of modernity and its everyday negotiation with tradition and locality in India has been a matter of continuous debate and discussion among academicians since the colonial era. By taking agriculture as a special field of investigation, this book describes the condition of ‘modernity’ in the agrarian social system of contemporary India. Farming is not only an economic activity, but also a personality formation where ‘status’ plays a significant role in Indian society. Taking ‘culture’, and ‘social status’ as the two important variables in the local ‘agriculture as performance’, this book develops a sociology of knowledge approach towards agrarian modernity and development in postcolonial India.
Shibsankar Jena is an assistant professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Work of Dr Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, India. His areas of interest are the sociology of development, sociological theories and the Indian knowledge system. He has contributed his research to several national and international journals and is the co-author of Cultivating Cardamom: Culture, Economy and Social Structure in Sikkim.
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