Development Dramas: Reimagining Rural Political Action in Eastern India

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Who among Indians are waiting endlessly?

What processes have led them into such limbo? And how do they negotiate experiences and spaces of limbo in a society saturated with visions, doctrines, and policies of development?

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He explains that from independence until the mids, Jats invested in capitalist agriculture, aided by political figures who mobilized to reduce the cost of agriculture while boosting agricultural prices. While Jat accumulation strategies primarily centred on agriculture at this time, by the mids Jats diversified their non-farm incomes and contacts in the face of the combined threats of decimated state support for agriculture under neoliberal reform and the rise of Dalit power manifested in competition for jobs and education.

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When Dalit presence increased in rural public schools, as a strategy to secure Jat distinction, apart from cultivating contacts and intensifying influence on the local state, Jats pursued English-medium private education page While this strategy boosts demand for privatized education, in chapter three Jeffrey captures the tremendous feelings of temporal anxiety, failure, and disillusionment among young men with accumulated degrees and no job or marriage in which to see received notions of masculinity, career, and adulthood bear fruit. Given chronic shortages of salaried government employment after reforms, by the mids, a seemingly purposeless waiting becomes a dominant feature of public life in Meerut city.

Jeffrey is careful to note that timepass is not a passive form of waiting as wallowing. He shows that young men actively craft differentiated responses.

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Along with this reactionary outcome of timepass, however, Jats are also seen to cross class, religious, and notably caste norms of pollution as they share cigarettes and snacks with Dalits—a scene that would not be visible in rural Meerut pages Find out about Lean Library here. Skip to main content.

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Anand Kumar. Drawing upon and going beyond persuasive conceptions of the West Bengal state as 'party-society,' the book reveals development and culture as complex, ongoing outcomes of rootedness within, alienation from, and struggles against multiple histories of power - from capitalism to state formation, rural cultural practices, and sources of faith and ethical action. Jhumpa Mukherjee. Walmart Services. Dirlik, A. Purchase Development Dramas at Amazon.

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