Political Economy of Production and Reproduction: Caste, Custom, and Community in North India

Paperback | February 12, 2015

byPrem Chowdhry

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This collection showcases an in-depth understanding of social flux and cultural turmoil in contemporary north India. The author presents an intensive case study of Haryana, spanning the mid-nineteenth and twenty-first century. In doing so, she explores its politics, economy, and society withspecial emphasis on caste and gender. Divided into two sections - colonial and post-colonial - the essays critically examine the complex relationship of the colonial past with the present. Mapping significant social processes and state policies, the volume provides an insight into one of thewealthiest regions in India and why it continues to be regressive even in the twenty-first century.

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This collection showcases an in-depth understanding of social flux and cultural turmoil in contemporary north India. The author presents an intensive case study of Haryana, spanning the mid-nineteenth and twenty-first century. In doing so, she explores its politics, economy, and society withspecial emphasis on caste and gender. Divided...

Prem Chowdhry is Independent researcher and former Fellow of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.7 × 5.59 × 0.68 inPublished:February 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199453314

ISBN - 13:9780199453313

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List of TablesAcknowledgementsIntroductionSECTION I - State, Law, and Economy: The Colonial Flux1. The Advantages of Backwardness: Colonial Policy and Agriculture in Haryana2. Jat Domination in South-east Punjab: Socio-economic Basis of Jat Politics in a Punjab District3. Contours of Communalism: Religion, Caste, and Identity in South-east Punjab4. Contesting Claims and Counter-claims: Questions of the Inheritance and Sexuality of Widows in a Colonial State5. Fluctuating Fortunes of Wives: Creeping Rigidity in Inter-caste Marriages in the Colonial PeriodSECTION II - Caste, Community, and Gender: The Post-colonial Constraints6. High Participation and Low Evaluation: Women and Work in Rural Haryana7. Persistence of a Custom: Cultural Centrality of Ghunghat8. Ideology, Culture, and Hierarchy: Expenditure - Consumption Patterns in Rural Households9. A Matter of Two Shares: A Daughter's Claim to Patrilineal Property in Rural North India10. Private Lives, State Intervention: Cases of Runaway Marriage in Rural North India11. Caste Panchayats and the Policing of Marriage in Haryana: Enforcing Kinship and Territorial Exogamy12. 'First our Jobs then our Girls': The Dominant Caste Perceptions on the 'Rising' DalitsIndex