1st Edition

Political Economy of Class, Caste and Gender A Study of Rural Dalit Labourers in India

By Ishita Mehrotra Copyright 2022
    224 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    224 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    224 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This book examines the structures of power and hierarchies within the agrarian political economy in India, with a focus on gender. It analyses various forms of inequalities within rural structures while situating the position of women and Dalit agriculture labourers within these discriminate networks of social exclusion, political marginalisation and poverty.

    The book maps the impacts of neoliberal capitalist globalisation on agrarian relations to identify who labourers are and how rural diversification is shaped by class, caste and gender hierarchies specifically in the villages of eastern Uttar Pradesh. It looks at occupational patterns of women workers, labour relations and reconceptualisation of labour. The book documents the experiences of exploitation as well as forms of resistance and collective action of rural women labourers. In doing this, the book deals with processes witnessed across the global South – rural distress, depeasantisation, migration, feminisation of agriculture as well as identity-based inequalities in rural labour markets.

    Rich in empirical data, the book will be useful for scholars and researchers of labour studies, women’s studies, political economy, agrarian economy, agrarian sociology, rural sociology, sociology, development studies and political studies.

    List of Figures                                                                                     

    1    Introduction                                                                              
    2    Who Is a Labourer? Reconceptualising and Understanding the Agrarian Question of Labour Today           
    3    Are All Peasants Even? Mapping Occupational Patterns and Hierarchies                                                         
    4    Subsidising Patriarchal Capitalism: Labour Relations of Dalit Women                                                                                                                                                                                    5    Negotiating for Every Penny: Labour Resistance and Struggle                                                                                                                                                                    6    Conclusion    



    Ishita Mehrotra is an independent researcher with interests in political economy of agrarian relations, caste and gender, rural labour relations, labour movements and development theory. Previously, she has taught at the School of Development Studies and the School of Undergraduate Studies at Ambedkar University Delhi, India.