The Land Question in India: State, Dispossession, and Capitalist Transition by Anthony P. D'CostaThe Land Question in India: State, Dispossession, and Capitalist Transition by Anthony P. D'Costa

The Land Question in India: State, Dispossession, and Capitalist Transition

EditorAnthony P. D'Costa, Achin Chakraborty

Hardcover | May 13, 2017

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This volume takes a fresh look at the land question in India. Instead of re-engaging in the rich transition debate in which the transformation of agriculture is seen as a necessary historical step to usher in dynamic capitalist (or socialist) development, this collection critically examinesthe centrality of land in contemporary development discourse in India. Consequently, the focus is on the role of the state in pushing a process of dispossession of peasants through direct expropriation for developmental purposes such as acquisition of land by (local) states for infrastructuredevelopment and to support accumulation strategies of private business through industrialization. Land in India is sought for non-agricultural purposes such as purchasing land to reduce risk and real estate development. Land is also central to tribal communities (adivasis), whose livelihoods depend on it and on a moral economy that is independent of any price-driven markets. Adivasis tend tohold on to such property, not as individual owners for profit, but for collective security and to protect a way of life. Thus land, notwithstanding its role in the accumulation process, has been, and continues to be, a turbulent arena in which classes, castes, and communities are in conflict witheach other, with the state, and with capital, jockeying to determine the terms and conditions of land transactions or their prevention, through both market and non-market mechanisms. The volume goes beyond the traditional political economy of the agrarian transition question, and deals with, interalia, distributional conflicts arising from acquisition of land by the state for capital accumulation on the one hand and its commodification on the other. It provides new analytical insights into the land acquisition processes, their legal-institutional and ethical implications, and themultifaceted regional diversity of acquisition experiences in India.
Anthony P. D'Costa is Chair and Professor of Contemporary Indian Studies at the University of Melbourne. He has published on the political economy of development, global capitalism, inequality, and industrial restructuring using the steel, auto, and IT sectors. His books include International Mobility, Global Capitalism, and Changing S...
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Title:The Land Question in India: State, Dispossession, and Capitalist TransitionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.03 inPublished:May 13, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Partha Chatterjee: Prelude: Land and the Political Management of Primitive Accumulation1. Anthony P. D'Costa and Achin Chakraborty: The Land Question in India: State, Dispossession, and Capitalist TransitionPart I: Primitive and Contemporary Accumulation2. Michael Levien: From Primitive Accumulation to Regimes of Dispossession: Theses on India's Land Question3. Shapan Adnan: Land Grabs, Primitive Accumulation, and Resistance in Neoliberal India: Persistence of the Self-Employed and Divergence from the 'Transition to Capitalism'?4. Arindam Banerjee: Agrarian Crisis and Accumulation in Rural India: Locating the Land Question within the Agrarian QuestionPart II: Legal-institutional Dimensions of 'Regimes of Dispossession'5. Kenneth Bo Nielsen and Alf Gunvald Nilsen: Law Struggles, Lawmaking, and the Politics of Hegemony in Neoliberal India: Towards a Critical Perspective on the 2013 Land Acquisition Act6. Malabika Pal: Land Acquisition and 'Fair Compensation' of the 'Project Affected': Scrutiny of the Law and its Interpretation7. Rajesh Bhattacharya, Snehashish Bhattacharya, and Kaveri Gill: The Adivasi Land Question in the Neoliberal EraPart III: Regional Perspectives8. R. Vijay: Noncultivating Households Owning Land in an Agrarian Economy: Some Observations from Andhra Pradesh9. R.V. Ramana Murthy: Land and/or Labor? Predicament of Petty Commodity Producers among South Indian Villages10. Anirban Dasgupta: Land Reform in Kerala and West Bengal: Two Stories of Left Reformism and Development11. Mircea Raianu: How Much Land Does a Capitalist Need? Historical Patterns of Land Acquisition and Indian Industrialization12. Abhijit Guha: An Ethnographer's Journey through Land Grab for Capitalists by the Left Front Government in West Bengal13. Gorky Chakraborty and Asok Kumar Ray: Land and Dispossession: The Criticalities in the Hills of Northeast IndiaAnthony P. D'Costa: Postscript: Land, Livelihoods, and Late Capitalist Development