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Waged Labour Arrangements in a West Bengal Village

In this study of types of labour arrangement in a West Bengal village, several kinds of land tenure and waged labour are seen. Despite the impact of land reforms and a greater assertion by the sharecroppers; a patron-client relationship is still seen to exist between erstwhile landlords and the labourer. The labourers were seen to prefer relations of loan credit with the landlord, who charged interest in terms of labour days than with the mahajans, who charged in cash, and at exhorbitant rates of interest.

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