ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Agrarian Change and Social Mobility in Tamil Nadu

This is a study of social mobility over 25 years in six villages in the former Tiruchirapalli district in Tamil Nadu. The two most important external drivers are local industrialisation and social policy in a broad sense. It is shown that the overall effect seems to be a centripetal tendency in agrarian structure, with a movement towards a strengthened position for family farming and for the underdogs in the old agrarian society to leave agriculture altogether, seeking improved life chances in the non-agrarian economy, both inside the villages and in the wider economy.

Gran Djurfeldt, Venkatesh Athreya, N Jayakumar, Staffan Lindberg, A Rajagopal, R Vidyasagar

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