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India Working

India Working
Essays on Society and Economy

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Part of Contemporary South Asia

  • Date Published: December 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521007634

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  • Drawing on her knowledge of the country and on theoretical literature, Barbara Harris-White describes the Indian economy through its most important social structures of accumulation. The book explores a range of topics, including labor, class, the state, gender, religious plurality, caste and space. Harris-White's conclusion adeptly challenges the prevailing belief that liberalization releases the economy from political interference.

    • A novel approach to the Indian economy
    • Drawing on the author's intimate knowledge of the region and the adjacent theoretical literature
    • Compellingly told despite complexity, for students and scholars in the field
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    "This book engages with a wide range of scholarship grounded in different disciplines to expand our understanding of how the contemporary Indian economy works. [D]ue credit must also be given to the author Barbara Harris-White for her self-conscious effort to converse with theories and empirical works outside the formal confines of economic studies." Prakash Kumar, Georgia Institute of Technology, Enterprise and Society

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521007634
    • length: 338 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: the character of the Indian economy
    2. Labour, work and its social construction in India
    3. Class: Indian development and the intermediate classes
    4. The local state and the informal economy
    5. Gender, family businesses and business families
    6. India's religious plurality and its implications for the economy
    7. Caste and corporatist capitalism
    8. Space and synergy
    9. How India works
    10. Postscript: Proto-fascist politics and the economy.

  • Author

    Barbara Harriss-White, University of Oxford
    Barbara Harriss-White is Professor of Development Studies at Queen Elizabeth House, and Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Oxford.

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