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Rural Labour Mobility in Times of Structural Transformation

Dynamics and Perspectives from Asian Economies

Editors: Reddy, D. Narasimha, Sarap, Kailash (Eds.)

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  • Examines how the dynamics of rural transformation such as human capital deficits, rural-urban economic and social gaps, regional imbalances and inequalities are affecting rural labour market outcomes 
  • Explores various aspects of rural labour as components of the overall development process in an interconnected manner
  • Promotes mutual understanding between Asian countries facing similar challenges and presents new and innovative approaches to addressing the challenges of rural labour
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This book examines essential issues and perspectives on rural labour, helping readers understand the changes that are currently taking place in the labour markets, especially with regard to migrants from rural to urban areas, their socio-economic conditions, factors contributing to such mobility and associated problems.  Further, it addresses the question of why the socio-economic conditions of rural labour have not experienced measurable improvements. 

Presenting a collection of painstakingly researched essays that focus on both India and China, the book addresses these challenges with an explicit focus on safeguarding the interests of rural labour under the neoliberal dispensation. The research is based on primary survey data and analytical issues from selected Asian economies, especially from India. On the basis of the findings discussed, it subsequently suggests ways forward so as to improve the wellbeing of migrant households and put an end to distress migration. Lastly, the book convincingly argues that improving labour market outcomes, and more specifically, generating employment and providing alternative livelihood avenues, represents the most pressing challenge in rural areas.

About the authors

D. Narasimha Reddy, a noted development economist, was professor of economics and Dean, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad, India, where he taught for over two decades. He was Professor, S.R. Sankaran Chair (Rural Labour), during 2012-14 and also ICSSR National Fellow, Council for Social Development, Hyderabad, India. His areas of specialization are globalization, WTO and agrarian crisis. His latest publication includes Agrarian Crisis in India. He was a member of the Farmers' Welfare Commission set up by Andhra Pradesh Government to look into the issues of farmers' suicides and agriculture crisis.

Kailash Sarap is professor of SR Sankaran Chair (Rural Labour) at the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR), Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, Hyderabad, India. Earlier he was Professor, P.G. Department of Economics, Sambalpur University, India.  He has been a visiting fellow at the University of Namur, Belgium, and Commonwealth Fellow at the University of Oxford, U.K.  He has published a number of articles in leading journals, including the Journal of Peasant StudiesCambridge Journal of EconomicsDevelopment and ChangeEconomic and Political Weekly, and Indian Economic Review, and authored three books including Interlinked Agrarian Markets in Rural India. He has published articles in various edited books published by Springer (2015) and Oxford University Press (2016). Sarap’s research interests include agrarian relations, land credit and labour markets and natural resources management. 


Reviews

“This book, a collection of some of the best writings on labour structures and migration from China, Bangladesh and India, is a valuable reading.  The papers bring out empirical evidences underpinning the theoretical framework of structural transformation of an economy, and also the employment and living conditions of the rural-urban migrants.  The bearing on these issues is full of fresh insights in the context of changing economic contours.” (S.R. Hashim, Chairman, Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, India and Editor, Indian Association of Social Science Institutions)

“India is growing at six to seven percent annually. It is an exciting transformation from mid-eighties onwards, of men and machines crossing all frontiers. This volume illuminates this process: Its glory and pains. A must read.” (Y.K. Alagh, Chancellor, Central University of Gujarat, India and Former Union Minister of State for Planning, Science and Technology, Government of India.)

“India’s, for that matter South Asia’s, slow pace of structural transformation is in sharp contrast to the high growth performance of the economy during the last three decades. It’s also in sharp contrast to China. But the real import of this transformation has to be seen from the point of labour, it’s mobility and employment conditions. This volume captures the unstable and insecure conditions of labour in large parts of India and Bangladesh along with the scenario in China. A must read for those interested in the labour dimension of development.” (K.P. Kannan, ICSSR National Fellow and Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, India.)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction: Rural Labor Dynamics and Mobility in Times of Deepening Structural Transformation

    Pages 1-12

    Reddy, D. Narasimha (et al.)

  • Structural Transformation and Alternative Pathways to the Lewis Turning Point

    Pages 15-34

    Islam, Rizwanul

  • Labor and Employment in the Emerging Rural-Urban Continuum in India: Toward a Cohesive Policy

    Pages 35-64

    Reddy, D. Narasimha

  • Chinese Land Institutions: Peasant Workers, Industrialization, and Urbanization

    Pages 65-87

    Cao, Jinqing (et al.)

  • “Politics of Scale”: The Shift from Small Migrant Farmers to Big Organizational Agriculture in Shanghai’s Suburbs

    Pages 89-102

    Min, Ye

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eBook $129.00
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  • ISBN 978-981-10-5628-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Hardcover $169.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-10-5627-7
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Softcover $169.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-5447-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rural Labour Mobility in Times of Structural Transformation
Book Subtitle
Dynamics and Perspectives from Asian Economies
Editors
  • D. Narasimha Reddy
  • Kailash Sarap
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-5628-4
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-5628-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-5627-7
Softcover ISBN
978-981-13-5447-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 356
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 18 illustrations in colour
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