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Author Gaurav, Sarthak, author

Title Accidental gamblers : risk and vulnerability in Vidarbha cotton / Sarthak Gaurav, Thiagu Ranganathan
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2022


Description 1 online resource
Contents A brief history of Vidarbha -- Accidents and gambles in colonial Vidarbha -- Field and fieldwork -- Gambles of farmers -- Inputs in the cotton gamble -- Risk and vulnerability
Summary "Vidarbha, a major cotton growing region in central India, has been the epicentre of a protracted agrarian crisis. Chronic indebtedness and farmers' suicides continue unabated despite decades of state intervention. Going beyond the contemporary discourse that finds fault in neoliberal policies and integration with global markets, this fascinating book tells the story of how nineteenth century 'accidents', particularly in the form of colonial policies and the American Civil War, ushered in institutional transformations that shaped the region's cotton economy. By drawing insights from the authors' longitudinal study in villages of the region spanning twelve years, Accidental Gamblers presents the 'gambles' that farmers are part of in addition to the detailed historical account of the political economy and development of cotton economy of the region. The novelty of combining a long view of history and evidence based on primary field research results in a book that underscores the importance of investigating roots of agrarian crisis and paying attention to adjustments of farm households, at a crucial juncture in India's economic transformation"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Cotton farmers -- India -- Vidarbha -- Longitudinal studies
Cotton growing -- India -- Vidarbha -- History
Cotton trade -- India -- Vidarbha -- History
Cotton trade -- Government policy -- India
Agriculture and state -- India.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Economy.
Agriculture and state
Cotton farmers
Cotton growing
Cotton trade
Cotton trade -- Government policy
Economic history
SUBJECT Vidarbha (India) -- History
India -- Economic conditions -- 1991-
Subject India
India -- Vidarbha
Genre/Form History
Longitudinal studies
Form Electronic book
Author Ranganathan, Thiagu, author
LC no. 2023010153
ISBN 9781108935814