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Dispossession without Development: Land Grabs in Neoliberal India

Michael Levien


Since the mid-2000s, India has been beset by widespread farmer protests against “land grabs.” Dispossession without Development argues that beneath these conflicts lay a profound transformation in the political economy of land dispossession. While the Indian state dispossessed land for public-sector industry and infrastructure for much of the 20th century, the adoption of neoliberal economic policies since the early 1990s prompted India’s state governments to become land brokers for private real estate capital—most controversially, for Special Economic Zones (SEZs). Using long-term ethnographi ... More

Keywords: dispossession, development, land grabs, land acquisition, land wars, neoliberalism, regimes of dispossession, primitive accumulation, accumulation by dispossession, Special Economic Zones, India, Rajasthan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190859152
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190859152.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Levien, author
Johns Hopkins University