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The cultural economy of land: rural Bengal, Circa 1860-1940

By: Sinha Roy, Suhita.
Contributor(s): Sinha Roy, Mallarika [Editor].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New Delhi Tulika Books 2019Description: x, 186 p. Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN: 9788193732977.Subject(s): Peasant uprisings | Rural conditions | Agricultural productivity | AgricultureDDC classification: 954.14003 Summary: The Cultural Economy of Land is situated at two crossroads of agrarian history. The first is the cyclical seasonality of agriculture and the linear progressive time of technological innovation and political transformation; and the second is that of the economic and cultural meanings associated with the land. Land acquires various dimensions beyond property, tenure, revenue, and inheritance if maps are connected with knowledge systems; land productivity with food habits, gender relations, and patterns of migration; landscapes with modes of irrigation and railroad construction; cropping patterns with festivals; village territoriality with social relations of power. This book is an attempt to bring out a multilayered pattern of rural life-world by, tracing, on the one hand, major social and political changes, and, on the other hand, the everyday life of Birbhum district at a specific historical juncture. http://cup.columbia.edu/book/the-cultural-economy-of-land/9788193732977
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Table of contents

Introduction
1. The cultural economy of land: rural society in Birbhum
2. A rule of knowledge: rural society and the colonial government
3. The trajectory of resistance in the political life of Birbhum
4. Conformity, deviance and defiance: everyday life in Birbhum
5. Birbhum: the real and imagined worlds of Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay
Conclusion

The Cultural Economy of Land is situated at two crossroads of agrarian history. The first is the cyclical seasonality of agriculture and the linear progressive time of technological innovation and political transformation; and the second is that of the economic and cultural meanings associated with the land. Land acquires various dimensions beyond property, tenure, revenue, and inheritance if maps are connected with knowledge systems; land productivity with food habits, gender relations, and patterns of migration; landscapes with modes of irrigation and railroad construction; cropping patterns with festivals; village territoriality with social relations of power. This book is an attempt to bring out a multilayered pattern of rural life-world by, tracing, on the one hand, major social and political changes, and, on the other hand, the everyday life of Birbhum district at a specific historical juncture.

http://cup.columbia.edu/book/the-cultural-economy-of-land/9788193732977

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