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Yet More on Agrarian Change and Unfree Labour

Yet More on Agrarian Change and Unfree Labour Tom Brass IT is good to see that Jodhaka (1995) acknowledges that his own views about labour attachment in Haryana emerged as a consequence of an engagement with mine on the same subject [Brag)) 990a].1 Similarly welcome is the belated admission that he accepts my view of attached labour as unfree, although as I shall indicate below this has by no means eliminated the theoretical difficulty he has with the concept. The extent of the gulf that remains, however, is clear, although the reasons for this are less so. In an attempt at clarification, therefore, it is necessary to examine why Jodhaka thinks that in Haryana unfreedom is declining in the case of permanent attached labour and is non-existent in the case of non-permanent agricultural workers.

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