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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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Navyug Gill

Anand Pandian, Crooked stalks: Cultivating virtue in South India. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009, pp. 325, ISBN 978-0-8223-4531-2 (paperback).

Vinay Gidwani, Capital, interrupted: Agrarian development and the politics of work in India. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008, pp. 336, ISBN 978-0-8166-4959-4 (paperback).

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Mike Neary and Joss Winn

) Teaching Excellence Framework , (accessed 14 October 2016 ). Harney , S. and Moten , F. ( 1998 ) ‘ Doing academic work ’, in M. Randy (ed.) Chalk Lines. The Politics of

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Whose Reality Counts?

Emergent Dalitbahujan Anthropologists

Reddi Sekhara Yalamala

). Cross , J. ( 2009 ), ‘ From Dreams to Discontent: Educated Young Men and the Politics of Work at a Special Economic Zones in Andhra Pradesh ’, Contributions to Indian Sociology 43 , no. 3 : 351 – 379 , doi: 10.1177/006996670904300301 . 10

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Eugene N. Anderson, Jodie Asselin, Jessica diCarlo, Ritwick Ghosh, Michelle Hak Hepburn, Allison Koch, and Lindsay Vogt

Troubled Planet is a call for a renewed politics of work that includes the other-than- human and questions labor as value. Using Kathi Weeks’ (2011) book The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries as a

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“Communists” on the shop floor

Anticommunism, crisis, and the transformation of labor in Bulgaria

Dimitra Kofti

everyday politics of work. Employers and managers in postsocialist countries often accuse workers of being “inefficient,” “inflexible,” and “lazy,” blaming the legacy of communism for perceived shortcomings in work ethic ( Dunn 2004 ; Angelidou and Kofti

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Andrew Sanchez

. Criminal Capital: Violence, Corruption and Class in Industrial India . New York : Routledge . 10.4324/9781315466613 Sanchez , Andrew . 2018 . “ Relative Precarity: Decline, Hope and the Politics of Work .” In Industrial Labor on the Margins of

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Karen Hébert, Joshua Mullenite, Alka Sabharwal, David Kneas, Irena Leisbet Ceridwen Connon, Peter van Dommelen, Cameron Hu, Brittney Hammons, and Natasha Zaretsky

, no. 2 : 203 – 211 10.1191/0309132503ph422pr Gidwani , Vinay . 2008 . Capital, Interrupted: Agrarian Development and the Politics of Work in India . Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press . Matsutake Worlds Research Group (MWRG) . 2009