Political Economy of Class, Caste and Gender: A Study of Rural Dalit Labourers in India (Hardcover)

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Political Economy of Class, Caste and Gender: A Study of Rural Dalit Labourers in India (Hardcover)

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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.

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.
Product Details ISBN: 9780367336233
ISBN-10: 0367336235
Publisher: Routledge Chapman & Hall
Publication Date: March 18th, 2022
Pages: 214
Language: English