Rethinking Economic Change in India

Labour and Livelihood

By Tirthankar Roy

© 2008 – Routledge

220 pages

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About the Book

As author of the hugely influential The Economic History of India 1857-1947, Tirthankar Roy has established himself as the leading contemporary economic historian of India. Here, Roy turns his attention to labour and livelihood and the nature of economic change in the Subcontinent. This book covers:

  • economic history of modern India
  • rural labour
  • labour-intensive industrialization
  • women and industrialization.

Challenging the prevailing wisdom on Indian economic growth - that it is bound up with Marxian, postcolonial class analysis - Roy formulates a new view. Commercialization, surplus labour and uncertainty are seen as equally important and the end result reconciles the increasingly opposed view of economists and historians.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Economic History of Modern India 3. Economic History of Modern India: Defining the Link 4. Rural Labour and 'De-Peasantization' 5. Rural Labour: Lessons of Wage Data 6. Was there an Industrial Decline in the early Nineteenth Century? 7. Labour-Intensive Industrialization 8. Women and Industrialization 9. Conclusion

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS035000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / General
BUS069000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
HIS017000
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia