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

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Emergent Ruralities

Revisiting Village Life and Agrarian Change in Haryana

Based on a revisit to two villages of Haryana after a gap of 20 years (1988-89 and 2008-09), this paper provides a historical overview of the process of development and change in a micro setting. Locating the process of social and economic transformation witnessed in the two villages after the green revolution and later after the introduction of large-scale industrial projects in the area, the paper tries to explore the nature of changes taking place in the internal structure (caste and class relations) of the agrarian economy; the changing nature of relationships of villages with the neighbouring urban settlements in terms of employment and aspirations; and the emerging nature of power relations in local political institutions.

Versions of this paper were presented at the University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi; University of Oxford, Lund University and Institute of Economic Growth (Delhi). I am grateful for all the comments, which helped me revise the paper. I thank Maitreyi Das of the World Bank, who, apart from providing valuable comments on an earlier draft of the paper, also organised funding the fieldwork. I am also grateful to Maitrayee Chaudhuri, Staffan Lindberg, Satish Deshpande and Sneha Sudha Komath for their valuable comments on an earlier draft of the paper. The usual disclaimers apply.

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