Unraveling Farmer Suicides in India: Egoism and Masculinity in Peasant Life by Nilotpal KumarUnraveling Farmer Suicides in India: Egoism and Masculinity in Peasant Life by Nilotpal Kumar

Unraveling Farmer Suicides in India: Egoism and Masculinity in Peasant Life

byNilotpal Kumar

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The earliest cases of farmers' suicides in India were reported in 1998 among cotton cultivators in Andhra Pradesh. Soon after, similar reports emerged from Vidharba in Maharashtra and among red gram cultivators in Karnataka. Since then, the issue of "farmers' suicides" has acquired disturbingproportions. This book contests the conventional notion of farmers' suicides as seen through the limited scope of agrarian economic distress. Through an ethnographic study in the district of Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh, it delves into the transformations in production, consumption, social relationship, andgender identities in present-day south India. Exploring these interconnected shifts, it interrogates the peripheral factors ascribed to farmer suicides and presents an alternative and more nuanced reality behind this grave crisis. The author contends that rural farmer suicides relate to emergingmentalities and interactions around status, equality, and honour in contemporary India.
Nilotpal Kumar is Assistant Professor, School of Development, Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India.
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Title:Unraveling Farmer Suicides in India: Egoism and Masculinity in Peasant LifeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:328 pagesPublished:January 9, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of Figures and TablesAcknowledgements1. Introduction2. Ecology, Risk and Cash Crop Cultivation: Agrarian Change in NRP3. Aham, Swartham, and Poti: Rising Individualism in the Village4. The Desiring Village: Consumption, Status, and Identity Construction5. 'Farmers' Suicides': A Critical Appraisal6. Manam and Svamanam: Masculinity, Suicide, and Social Meanings7. ConclusionAppendixReferencesIndexAbout the Author