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The Land Question in India: State, Dispossession, and Capitalist Transition

Anthony P. D'Costa and Achin Chakraborty


This book takes a fresh look at the land question in India. It goes beyond re-engagement in the rich transition debate by critically examining both theoretically and empirically the role of land in contemporary India. Springing from the political economy discourse surrounding the classic capitalist transition issue in agriculture in India, the book gravitates toward the development discourse that inevitably veers toward land and the role of the state in pushing a process of dispossession of peasants through direct expropriation for developmental purposes. Contemporary dispossession may look si ... More

Keywords: primitive accumulation, capitalist transition, agriculture, infrastructure development, political economy, land acquisition, regional diversity, conflict

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198792444
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198792444.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony P. D'Costa, editor
Chair and Professor of Contemporary Indian Studies, Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne

Achin Chakraborty, editor
Professor of Economics and Director, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata

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