Agrarian Relations and Accumulation: The "mode of Production" Debate in India

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Utsa Patnaik
Sameeksha Trust, 1990 - Agricultural productivity - 272 pages
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The sixties and seventies saw a wide-ranging debate on the growth of capitalist production in Indian agriculture, which soon became known as "the mode of production" debate. This book brings together a selection of the articles which constituted the corpus of the debate. The contributions illuminate the basic conceptual issues behind the debate: what is agricultural "capitalism", particularly in an ex-colonial country; how are "feudalism" and "semi-feudalism" to be conceptualized; in what way do landlord-tenant relations constrain productive development and how do they shape the contours of capitalist accumulation? This book will be of interest to those in the areas of economics, political history, and government.

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