ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Changes in Land Relations: The Political Economy of Land Reforms in a Kerala Village

The mainstream development literature tries to understand the changes in land relations through the lens of land reforms alone. Kerala provides an appropriate setting to understand how far radical redistributive land reforms have succeeded in transforming inequity in landownership. Our findings based on a micro-level village study show that the much acclaimed land reforms have failed to provide land to the actual tillers of the soil. The scheduled castes still stand at the bottom in landownership. Such a situation is explained not only through land reforms, but also by a set of interlocking historical factors including commercialisation of agriculture, the Depression of the 1930s, migration, social reforms and demographic pressures.

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