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Debating Multiple Realities

Vikash N Pandey Meanings of Agriculture: Essays in South Asian History and Economics by Peter Robb (ed); Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1996; pp 389, Rs 495 (Cloth).

Peasants, Subsistence and the Dairy-Co-operative in Dry Land-A Fragile Existence

Co-operative in Dry Land A Fragile Existence The paper is a study of the dynamic interaction between the text of the dairy co-operative society and the context of dry land agriculture in a tribal-peasant set-up. It highlights the intertwining of the normative structure and the institutional arrangements (the text) and the socio-economic context resulting in a fragile stability of the particular co-operative society. However, with the realignment of the forces (not necessarily located in the village) and the subsequent changes in the institutional arrangements such primary co-operative societies may face disintegration. Thereby, the dry regions and largely the subsistence-oriented rural producers may get exposed to the reinstated interlocked market.

Political Parties in a Fragmented Society

Political Parties in a Fragmented Society Vikash N Pandey IN their well argued paper. Tarty Strategies in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections, 1996' (EPW. February 1-7:214-22), Kanchan Chandra and Chandrika Parmar, have detailed the election strategies of and outcome (in terms of votes) for the major political parties/alliances. They have argued that in absence of structural conditions, the moderate election strategies have only resulted 'in each party... (being) in the same position from which it had started' (p 219). No doubt, '(t)here were clearly changes in the distribution of the vote, among regions and among caste groups, but an increase in one direction was offset by the decrease in another..' (ibid).

Relocating Freedom

Vikash N Pandey Michel Foucault and the Politics of Freedom by Thumas L Dumm; Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, 1996; pp 167, $ 42.00 (cloth), $ 18.95 (paper).

Beyond Conventional Sociology of Organisation

Beyond Conventional Sociology of Organisation Vikash N Pandey Akhileshwar Pathak Conventionally, organisations have been understood by reading the context in which they exist. This mapping of social context has questioned the 'closed system' approach in organisation behaviour literature. However, organisations are text and they emerge and operate in a context. The context, including state, law and society, are dynamic and interactive social processes. Once an organisation is born, its constitution binds the constituents in its language like law; and it is a social fact re-shaping the context. Therefore an understanding of organisations has to read the text and context as dynamic processes and multiple discourses taking place within and amongst the organisation, society, law and state.

Sociology of Law in India-Postscripts and Prospects

Sociology of Law in India Postscripts and Prospects As social change/reproduction is not affected by any single social stratum in isolation. different strata perceive social forces differently, depending on their location in the existing order, and attempt to modify them. Evolution of law is part of this social process. The text of law is itself a register of these negotiations and is therefore a contested domain.

Agrarian Transformation and Co-operatives Continuity and Change

Continuity and Change Vikash N Pandey The limitations/failure of land reform lay the structural foundations of the limitations/failure of rural co-operatives and the Green Revolution, Wherever land reforms have failed (at least in removing the non-cultivating groups and establishing the cultivating owners), the groups which need co-operatives did not emerge. Similarly, agricultural transformation has remained elusive in those areas.

Property Law and Agrarian Relations in Colonial Awadh 1909-1920

The complexity of land tenures since the annexation of Awadh in 1856 needs to be comprehended in a dynamic, evolutionary framework, culminating in the peasant revolts since the 1920s. The present paper attempts a description of the dynamics of agrarian legislation in the latter half of the nineteenth century as also the emerging social categories as reflected in the various contradictions and conflicts. The paper is based on certain court cases between 1909-1920 in Pratapgarh district.

Distortions and Omissions

Vikash N Pandey A Clash of Cultures: Awadh, the British and the Mughals by Michael H Fisher; Manohar, Delhi, 1987; pp 284, Rs 225. AWADH being the terminal point for the East India Company's rule, subsequent stage of revolt of 1857 and a watershed in colonial rule in the sub-continent hats drawn considerable scholarly attention in recent years. The book under review is a welcome departure and significant addition to the literature on Awadh, because it is about the turbulent period of the kingdom of Awadh (1722-1857): from its emergence as independent seat of political authority to its merger with British empire: and that too from the equally ignored perspective
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