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"Who wants to marry a farmer?"

Neoliberal industrialization and the politics of land and work in rural West Bengal

Sarasij Majumder

This article seeks to understand why both anti-land acquisition protests and proindustrial rhetoric of provincial governments in India are fodder for populist politics. To understand this, the article explores the meanings that land and development have for the rural communities in West Bengal, India, who are trying to straddle the multiple worlds of farm ownership and nonfarm employment. Based on five years of ethnographic fieldwork in various parts of rural West Bengal, this article argues that resistances to corporate globalization, taken to be unambiguously anti-industrial or anticapitalist, reflect complex intentions. Protesting villagers are ambivalent toward corporate capital, but their support for industries and protests against corporations are grounded in local moral worlds that see both nonfarm work and landownership as markers of critical social distinction.

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Politics and Vision: Continuity and Innovation in Western Political Thought (Expanded Edition) by Sheldon S. Wolin Andrew Nash

Democracy Compromised: Chiefs and the Politics of Land in South Africa by Lungisile Ntsebeza Keith Breckenridge

Sociology, Religion and Grace: A Quest for the Renaissance by Arpad Szakolczai Roger Deacon

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Monique Deveaux

politics of land redistribution—the way these actually unfolded on the ground—is very instructive. Researcher Cherryl Walker conducted interviews with individuals involved in three land redistribution projects in KwaZulu Natal in 2000–2001; she found that

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Forgotten moralities of agrarian economy in Bali

Production and exchange, business and friendship

Graeme MacRae

subject? ’ Human Ecology 39 ( 1 ): 11 – 20 . 10.1007/s10745-011-9386-y McPhee , Colin . 1947 . A House in Bali . London : Gollancz . Majumdar , Sarasaji . 2012 . “Who wants to marry a farmer?” Neoliberal industrialization and the politics of

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Kenneth Bo Nielsen

50 ( 22 ): 146 – 157 . Majumder , Sarasij . 2012 . “Who wants to marry a farmer?” Neoliberal industrialization and the politics of land and work in rural West Bengal . Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology 64 : 84 – 98

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Grounding Rights

Populist and Peasant Conceptions of Entitlement in Rural Nicaragua

David Cooper

Siege , ed. Richard L. Harris and Carlos M. Vilas , 10 – 35 . London : Zed Books . Baumeister , Eduardo . 2012 . “ The Politics of Land Reform. ” In Close et al. 2012 , 245 – 268 . Close , David . 2016 . Nicaragua: Navigating the