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Unraveling Farmer Suicides in India: Egoism and Masculinity in Peasant Life

Nilotpal Kumar


‘Farmers’ suicides’ have largely been framed through official suicide statistics, and they have been explained in terms of agrarian production-related crisis across geographies. Based on ethnographic work in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, this book offers a qualified challenge to such explanations. First part of the book describes local transformations that are taking place in interconnected domains of production, consumption, and social relationships. The attempted transition from a century-long involvement in rain-fed groundnut cultivation to groundwater-irrigated horticulture, which ... More

Keywords: ‘farmers’ suicides’, suicide, suicide statistics, agrarian crisis, risk, anomie, consumption practices, inequality, masculinity, individualism, honour

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199466856
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199466856.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nilotpal Kumar, author
Assistant Professor, School of Development, Azim Premji University, Bangalore