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1st Edition

Remembering India’s Villages

Edited By

Santosh K. Singh

  • Available for pre-order on June 22, 2023. Item will ship after July 13, 2023
ISBN 9781032524627
July 13, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
266 Pages

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Book Description

In the time of agrarian crisis and movement, Remembering India’s Villages centralises the rural India—examining its stubborn past and dynamic present.

Departing from the myth of little republics, it sees villages in cinema, development discourses, and debates among the founders of modern India like Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore and Ambedkar. Empirical research, multidisciplinary perspective, and cross-cultural insights are useful aids in this book toward understanding the reality of the rural that comprises structural anomalies and social possibilities. The book remembers India’s villages under the trope of reconstitution rather than disappearance. The book adds to the renewed interest in village studies, rural sociology, development studies, and intellectual history.

This book is co-published with Aakar Books. Print edition not for sale in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Bhutan)

Table of Contents


1. Imagination of Village: A Tri-logue with Gandhi, Tagore and Ambedkar

Dev Nath Pathak

2. What If, the ‘Rural’ is the Future; and Not the Past?

Bhavya Chitranshi and Anup Dhar

3. Rural Frames: Bollywood Imagination of Village India

Priyasha Kaul

4. Village Studies and Possibilities of ‘Multispecies’ Ethnography

Ishita Dey

5. Violence on Dalits in Village India: Metaphors, Marginalities and the ‘Problem of Exit’

Bidhan Chandra Dash

6. Traditional Modernity: Class, Caste and Gender in Occupational Patterns in Rural Uttar Pradesh

Ishita Mehrotra

7. Beyond Sadak, Bijli and Pani: Discourses of Infrastructural Power in Today’s Rural India

Anjana John

8. Sammamma’s Seeds: The Price She Pays

Shalini Bhutani

9. From Polyvalent Knowledge to Monovalent Knowledge: A Social Constructivist Account of

Agricultural Knowledge Transition in a Village in Telangana

Chandri Raghava Reddy and Prasanth Kumar Munnangi

10. From Grain to Gain: Mapping the Socio-Cultural Dynamics of Agribusiness in a Village of Uttarakhand

Santosh K. Singh

11. Infrastructural Development in Rural Punjab: Understanding Social Impacts of Planned Interventions on the Stakeholders

Sukhwant Sidhu


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