1st Edition

Dynamics of Difference Inequality and Transformation in Rural India

Edited By Narendar Pani Copyright 2022
    284 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    284 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    284 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    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


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