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Exploring Urban Change in South Asia

Middle India and Urban-Rural Development

Four Decades of Change

Editors: Harriss-White, Barbara (Ed.)

  • The only long-term urban study in India, and possibly worldwide
  • Multi- and inter-disciplinary, emerging from the thematic discipline of development studies
  • Uses a variety of theoretical approaches in a non-technical way, helping to transcend the gulf between economics and other social science disciplines like sociology and anthropology
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About this book

Middle India and Rural-Urban Development explores the socio-economic conditions of an ‘India’ that falls between the cracks of macro-economic analysis, sectoral research and micro-level ethnography. Its focus, the ‘middle India’ of small towns, is relatively unknown in scholarly terms for good reason: it requires sustained and difficult field research. But it is where most Indians either live or constantly visit in order to buy and sell, arrange marriages and plot politics. Anyone who wants to understand India therefore needs to understand non-metropolitan, provincial, small-town India and its economic life. This book meets this need. From 1973 to the present, Barbara Harriss-White has watched India’s development through the lens of an ordinary  town in northern Tamil Nadu, Arni. This book provides a pluralist, multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary perspective on Arni and its rural hinterland. It grounds general economic processes  in the social specificities of a given place and region. In the process, continuity is juxtaposed with abrupt change. A strong feature of the book is its analysis of how government policies that fail to take into account the realities of small town life in India have unintended and often perverse consequences.

In this unique book, Harriss-White brings together ten essays written by herself and her research team on Arni and its surrounding rural areas. They track the changing nature of local business and the workforce; their urban-rural relations, their regulation through civil society organizations and social practices, their relations to the state and to India’s accelerating and dynamic growth. That most people live outside the metropolises holds for many other developing countries and makes this book, and the ideas and methods that frame it, highly relevant to a global development audience.

About the authors

Barbara Harriss-White is Emeritus Fellow and Professor of Development Studies at Oxford University, Senior Research Fellow in Area Studies, Oxford University, coordinator of the South Asia Research Cluster at Wolfson College, Oxford and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Alone or with others she has written and edited 35 books and over 225  book chapters and journal papers, almost all on India. Her research interests span India’s small towns, agriculture and its energetics, the informal capitalist economy and its regulative politics and policy, and many aspects of deprivation.

Reviews

“It explores the nature of specfic growth processes and how economic development can be understood and not just estimated in terms of metric outcomes. … There is no other comparable study that has this longitudinal depth and focus and it is a highly original contribution to urban studies.” (Adam Pain, Journal of South Asian Development, Vol. 11 (1), 2016)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Economic Dynamism of Middle India

    Harriss-White, Barbara

    Pages 1-27

  • Local-Global Integration, Diversification and Informality: Long-Term Change in Arni During the Late Twentieth Century

    Basile, Elisabetta

    Pages 29-64

  • Arni’s Workforce: Segmentation Processes, Labour Market Mobility, Self-employment and Caste

    Srinivasan, M. V.

    Pages 65-96

  • ‘Local Capitalism’ and the Development of the Rice Economy, 1973–2010

    Harriss-White, Barbara

    Pages 97-130

  • A Future Not So Golden: Liberalization, Mechanization and Conflict in Arni’s Gold Ornaments Cluster

    Stanley, Jason

    Pages 131-150

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eBook £79.50
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  • ISBN 978-81-322-2431-0
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Hardcover £99.99
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  • ISBN 978-81-322-2430-3
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  • ISBN 978-81-322-2987-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Middle India and Urban-Rural Development
Book Subtitle
Four Decades of Change
Editors
  • Barbara Harriss-White
Series Title
Exploring Urban Change in South Asia
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer India
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature India Private Limited
eBook ISBN
978-81-322-2431-0
DOI
10.1007/978-81-322-2431-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-81-322-2430-3
Softcover ISBN
978-81-322-2987-2
Series ISSN
2367-0045
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XLVIII, 289
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 51 illustrations in colour
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