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Mario Rutten (1958-2015)

Mario Rutten, professor of comparative sociology of Asia at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), University of Amsterdam, and a well-known scholar of India, passed away at a tragically young age on 26 December 2015.

Mario’s doctoral research on agricultural development and rural entrepreneurship in central Gujarat continued a long tradition of scholarship in The Netherlands. A student of Jan Breman, he received his PhD with cum laude at the University of Amsterdam in 1991, and his thesis became his first book, Farms and Factories: Social Profile of Large Farmers and Rural Industrialists in West India (OUP Delhi, 1995). Mario also carried out comparative research in Malaysia and Indonesia, leading to the publication of Rural Capitalists in Asia: A Comparative Analysis on India, Indonesia, and Malaysia (RoutledgeCurzon, London, 2003).

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