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Markets, Class and Social Change : Trading Networks and Poverty in Rural South Asia - Ben Crow

Markets, Class and Social Change

Trading Networks and Poverty in Rural South Asia

By: Ben Crow

Hardcover Published: 10th October 2001
ISBN: 9780333946008
Number Of Pages: 265

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At the beginning of the twenty-first century an idealized view of markets informs government policy. Real differences in how markets interact with social change are obscured and public action on poverty is constrained. Markets, Class and Social Change uses a detailed study of the grain trade in Bangladesh to show how socially-constrained patterns of market involvement may systematically benefit the rich while disadvantaging the poor. More generally, the book suggests that markets are implicated in the making of society, its divisions, identities and directions.

'...a tour de force... enjoyable to read even though its subject matter...is grim in the extreme.' - Barbara Harriss-White, Oxford University

'...a truly significant contribution to agrarian political economy: at once, clear, to the point, incisive and original.' - T.J.Byres, Editor, Journal of Peasant Studies

'Writing against the grain of globalization and the free market, Ben Crow's book is not only a trenchant theoretical critique but also a fertile and sustained work of empirical inquiry. Focusing on the grain trade and its impact in inequality, Crow manages to illuminate the whole world of rural South Asia. Readers will reap a rich harvest of ideas and insights from this wonderful work.' - John Lie, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

tablesp. viii
Mapp. XII
Glossaryp. XV
Exploring Market Diversityp. 1
Class and Change in the South Asian Countrysidep. 20
The Diversity of Exchangep. 46
Grain Outflows: Advantage Rich, Disadvantage Poorp. 88
The Markets of Adversity, or Why the Rich Don't Buy Ricep. 114
Why Are Big Traders Big and Small Traders Small?p. 137
Why is Agrarian Growth Uneven?p. 174
Local Consequences of Global Policyp. 195
Diverse Markets and Public Actionp. 212
Appendix: Identifying Classp. 231
Notesp. 245
Referencesp. 248
Indexp. 258
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ISBN: 9780333946008
ISBN-10: 0333946006
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 265
Published: 10th October 2001
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.33  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1