Transnational Labour Migration, Livelihoods and Agrarian Change in Nepal: The Remittance Village, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Transnational Labour Migration, Livelihoods and Agrarian Change in Nepal

The Remittance Village, 1st Edition

By Ramesh Sunam


160 pages

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Hardback: 9780367471569
pub: 2020-05-04
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Through the prism of a Nepali remittance village, this book critically examines poverty and livelihood dynamics remade through transnational labour migration and remittances, and their interrelationships with land, rural labour and agriculture.

The concept of the Remittance Village emphasises rural people’s transnational mobilities as a key feature of contemporary dynamics in many parts of the Global South, which are reconfiguring rural social, economic and ecological textures. Sunam challenges complacent linear narratives that assume new opportunities such as transnational migration and remittances provide better pathways for the rural poor to come out of poverty, as well as narratives that understate the importance of land and farming for the rural poor. He demonstrates both that new opportunities are inaccessible for many poor people, and that accessing these opportunities often engenders increased precarity and vulnerability. In the remittance village, he finds that even those accessing new opportunities are successful only when their household member(s) are simultaneously engaged in in-situ (non-)agricultural activities.

This book is a valuable resource for scholars and students from a range of interdisciplinary backgrounds, including human geography, anthropology of development, and sociology. It is also a recommended reading for policy makers, international development agencies and I/NGOs working on rural development in the Global South.

Table of Contents


List of Tables

List of Figures

List of Abbreviations

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Mapping Rural Poverty and Livelihoods

Chapter 3: More Than the Soil: Land as a Rural Pivot

Chapter 4: Labour, Remittance and Agrarian change

Chapter 5: Rural Non-agricultural Pathways

Chapter 6: Transnational Labour Migration, Remittances and Livelihood Dynamics

Chapter 7: Joining the Dots



About the Author

Ramesh Sunam is an Assistant Professor at the Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies