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Rethinking Revolutions: Soyabean, Choupals, and the Changing Countryside in Central India

Richa Kumar


This book is an ethnographic study of the processes of agrarian change in the Malwa region of central India over the last forty years, beginning with the introduction of soyabean cultivation in the 1970s, known as the ‘yellow revolution’, and new information technology based markets in the 2000s, called the choupals. Examining the claims of prosperity and empowerment of farmers through the yellow revolution and the information revolution, this book challenges the notion that science and technology can bring unparalleled economic growth and prosperity to rural India. It argues that both techno- ... More

Keywords: soyabean, choupal, revolution, agriculture, information technology, empowerment, Malwa, Madhya Pradesh, central India, agricultural markets, techno-managerial discourse, science and technology studies, disintermediation, rural development, agrarian change, non-human forces, environment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199465330
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465330.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richa Kumar, author
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Policy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.