Longitudinal Research in Village India: Methods and Findings

Hardcover | March 18, 2016

EditorHimanshu, Praveen Jha, Gerry Rodgers

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While India has had a long history of village studies, longitudinal studies that have followed the same village or set of villages over time have a special place in the literature on transformation of economic production and social structures in rural areas. This book brings together aspectsof change in rural India through recent research based on longitudinal village studies. The revival of village studies in recent years is a testimony to their usefulness in providing answers to questions that elude the narrow confines of mainstream theory and large-scale surveys. The book addresses three broad areas of concern: the first relates to the method and conceptual framework of longitudinal village studies how information is collected and the ways in which it is used and analysed; the second aims at a broad understanding of villages across different dimensions ofeconomy and society, offering wide and integrated accounts of particular villages; and the third explores particular themes in some detail within this broader framework. By bringing together different contributions from the tradition of longitudinal village studies, the book addresses a range ofanalytical and policy issues, highlights the problems and potentials of the longitudinal method, and encourages more work in this tradition.

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While India has had a long history of village studies, longitudinal studies that have followed the same village or set of villages over time have a special place in the literature on transformation of economic production and social structures in rural areas. This book brings together aspectsof change in rural India through recent resea...

Himanshu is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Praveen Jha is a Professor at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Gerry Rodgers is a visiting Professor at th...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:592 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:March 18, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199461864

ISBN - 13:9780199461868

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Preface1. Himanshu, Praveen Jha, and Gerry Rodgers: Introduction2. John Harriss: The Story of the 'Slater Village' Studies of Agrarian Change in Tamil Nadu, and Methodological Reflections upon Them3. Patricia Jeffery: Plain Tales from the Plains: A Personal Account of Researching in Rural Bijnor over Three Decades4. Shapan Adnan: Strengths and Weaknesses of Long Term Village Studies: Reflections on Methods and Research Design from Studies in Bangladesh5. Himanshu and Nicholas Stern: How Lives Change: Six Decades in a North Indian Village6. Gerry Rodgers, Sunil K Mishra, and Alakh N. Sharma: Four decades of village studies and surveys in Bihar7. Surinder S. Jodhka: A Forgotten 'Revolution': Revisiting Rural Life and Agrarian Change in Haryana8. Ravi Srivastava: Assessing Change: Land, Labour, and Employment in an Eastern UP Village, 1994-20129. Praveen Jha and Avanindra Nath Thakur: Thirty Years On: Work and Well-Being in Rural Bihar10. John Harriss and J. Jeyaranjan: Rural Tamil Nadu in the Liberalization Era: What Do We Learn from Village Studies?11. Himanshu, Peter Lanjouw, Rinku Murgai, and Nicholas Stern: Non-farm Diversification, Inequality, and Mobility in Palanpur12. Judith Heyer: Rural Gounders on the Move in Western Tamil Nadu: 1981-2 to 2008-913. Janine Rodgers: Changes in Rural Labour Markets in Bihar: 1981-201114. Amrita Datta: Migration from Rural Bihar: Insights from a Longitudinal Study (1981-2011)15. Dipa Sinha, Dinesh Tiwari, Ruchira Bhattacharya, and R. Kattumuri: Public Services, Social Relations, Politics, and Gender: Tales from a North Indian Village16. R. Ramakumar: Caste and Land Distribution: Results from a Village Resurvey in Maharashtra, 1964-200717. Barbara Harriss-White: Ideas and Substance in Rural-Urban Economic Relations: The Contribution of a Long-term Urban Study in South IndiaAbout the Editors and Contributors