A Handbook of Rural India
Surinder S. Jodhka (Ed.)
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‘Rural’ and ‘urban’ are the foremost categories through which social life has been visualised and engaged with in modern and contemporary times.

The idea of the ‘rural’ or the ‘village’ has been of particular significance in India. British colonisers represented India to the world as a land of ‘village republics’. This representation was so influential that even the nationalist leaders accepted it uncritically.

Gandhi advocated ‘a return to the village’ as the only genuine way to gaining swaraj, or self-rule. Nehru and Ambedkar too saw the village as the site of India’s traditional life; however, to them it was also a signifier of India’s economic backwardness and social ills. These notions have shaped social science scholarship, popular politics and public policy.

The idea of such a demographic transition continues to be a core element of state policy and an important indicator of positive social change and economic growth/ modernisation. However, the ‘rural’ in India persists; nearly two-thirds of India’s population still lives in rural settlements.

A Handbook of Rural India, brings together 36 research papers written by some of the leading social scientists, from the early 1950s to the present. It provides a historical perspective on the subject of the ‘rural’ and covers a wide range of topics that have been critical to the imaginings and empirics of village life in contemporary India.

Surinder S. Jodhka is Professor of Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

List of Abbreviations
List of Tables
Preface and Acknowledgements

Surinder S. Jodhka

Ethnographies of the Rural: Early Village Studies.

The Social Structure of a Mysore Village

M.N. Srinivas

Village Structure in North Kerala

E. J. Miller

A Himalayan Village

W.H. Newell

A Bengal Village

Shrimati Jyotirmoyee Sarma

Social Structure in the Punjab

M.W. Smith

A Deccan Village

S.C. Dube

Change in a Malwa (MP) Village

Adrian C. Mayer

Sripuram: A Village in Tanjore District

Andre Beteille

A Changing Village of Rajasthan

V. Nath

Rural Development: Perspectives, Policies and Programmes

Structural Change: An Approach to Poverty in Asian Rural Development

Ralph H. Retzlaff

Community Development Programme: Its Political Impact

Baldev Raj Nayar

Social Consequences of Rural Electrification

T.N. Valunjkar

Green Revolution and Social Inequalities in Rural India

D. N. Dhanagare

‘Garibi Hatao’: Can IRDP Do It?

Nilakantha Rath

Politics and Implementation of Integrated Rural Development Programme

Kuldeep Mathur

Operation Flood and Rural India: Vested and Divested Interests

Shanti George

Power, Politics and Village-Level Organisations: Oilseeds Growers’ Co-operatives in MP

Sankar Datta

One Kind of Democracy: Implementing MGNREGS

Siwan Anderson, Patrick Francois, Ashok Kotwal and Ashwini Kulkarni

Falling into Poverty in Villages of Andhra Pradesh: Why Poverty Avoidance Policies are Needed

Anirudh Krishna, Mahesh Kapila, Sharad Pathak, Mahendra Porwal, Kiranpal Singh and Virpal Singh

Rural Non-Farm Employment in India: Access, Incomes and Poverty Impact

Peter Lanjouw and Abusaleh Shariff

Changing Rural Landscapes: Social, Economic and Political Life

The Myth of Self-Sufficiency of the Indian Village

M.N. Srinivas and A.M. Shah

Chamar Family in a North Indian Village: A Structural Contingent

Bernard S. Cohn

Urbanisation in a Delhi Village: Some Social Aspects

M.S.A Rao

Rurality, Modernity and Education

Krishna Kumar

Dominant Castes or Rich Peasants?

John MacDougall

India’s Rural Politicians: Two Faces of Power

Satish K. Arora

Transitory Residence and Invisible Work: Case Study of a Rajasthan Village

Rajni Palriwala

Who Borrows? Who Lends?: Changing Structure of Informal Credit in Rural Haryana

Surinder S. Jodhka

Maps of Experience: Narratives of Migration in an Indian Village

Radhika Chopra

Marriage Norms, Choice and Aspiration of Rural Women

U. Kalpagam

Masculine Spaces: Rural Male Culture in North India

Prem Chowdhry

Wife-Beating in Rural India: A Husband’s Right, Evidence from Survey Data

Shireen J. Jejeebhoy

Politics at the Margin: A Tale of Two Villages

Dayabati Roy

The Elderly in Rural Orissa: Alone in Distress

Pradeep Kumar Panda

Emergent Ruralities: Revisiting Village Life and Agrarian Change in Haryana

Surinder S. Jodhka

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