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Dynamics of Difference
Inequality and Transformation in Rural India

Edited By

Narendar Pani

ISBN 9780367473396
Published November 30, 2021 by Routledge India
284 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This original conceptualization provides insights into the role of inequality in the processes of change in rural India. It presents in-depth analyses and understanding of the nature and form of inequality, and its causes and consequences. The volume examines interpersonal, intergroup, and intrapersonal inequalities in the country’s rural transformation. Through research based on ethnographic, primary survey and secondary data methods, this multidimensional study discusses key themes such as normative and descriptive inequalities; class, caste and other identities; economic poverty; educational poverty; poverty in health; gendered poverty; inequality and power; the impact of migration; ethical issues and vulnerabilities; and suicidal consequences of inequality. It builds cohesive arguments, based on the development of several new indicators, to examine rural inequality. 

This book will be of interest to scholars and researchers of political economy, economics, development studies, development economics, sociology, public policy, political science, political sociology, and rural sociology.

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Part I: Visualizing inequality

1. Processes of inequality

Narendar Pani                                                     

2. Processes of transformation

Sumedha Bajar

3. Vulnerability and escape

Narendar Pani


Part II: Interpersonal and intergroup inequalities

4. Tangible vulnerability

Narendar Pani and Kshitija Joshi

5. Gendered intangible inequality

Chandana Rajasekharan Bindu, Pratheeba Vimalnath, and Narendar Pani

6. Power and dominance

Narendar Pani, Chandana Rajasekharan Bindu, and Megha Poonia


Part III: Intrapersonal inequalities

7. Intrapersonal inequality and distance dualism

Narendar Pani and Ajit Kumar Babu

8. Caste, power, and aspiration in structural dualism

Jiyaul Haque

9. Regional divergence in farmers’ suicides

Debosree Banerjee

10. Conceptualizing farmers’ suicides

Narendar Pani

11. Agricultural labourer suicides in a Kerala village

P. Shihabudeen, Debosree Banerjee, and Kshitija Joshi

12. Cultivator suicides in a Maharashtra village

Ankit Saswade and Kshitija Joshi

13. Precariousness and suicide                                                           

Narendar Pani and Debosree Banerjee


Part IV: Negotiations of inequality

14. Aspirations and victimhood

Narendar Pani, Ubaid Mushtaq, and Megha Poonia

15. Difference and inequality

Narendar Pani

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Narendar Pani is Professor and Head of the Inequality and Human Development Programme at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru, India.