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Author Roy, Indrajit, author

Title Politics of the poor : negotiating democracy in contemporary India / Indrajit Roy
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2018
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Series South Asia in the social sciences ; 4
South Asia in the social sciences ; 4
Contents Cover; Politics of the Poor; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of Tables, Maps, Figures and Charts; Acknowledgements; Glossary; Acronyms; INTRODUCTION: Against False Binaries; The problem; The research question; The arguments; The study setting; The plan of the book; Endnotes; 1. The Perspectives of the Study: Towards an Agonistics of Democracy; I; Perspectives of poverty: Residualist or relational; Poverty as oppression; Politics: Contests over power, meanings and identities; An agonistics of democracy; II; Poor people's politics: Early skeptics
Bihar and West Bengal: A cursory political introductionThe inheritance of caste; The aftermath of Independence; Continuities and change in agrarian structure; The socialist challenge in Bihar; The communist challenge in West Bengal; Kisans, socialists and 'caste' politics: Bihar; Poverty in Bihar; Bhadraloks, communists and class politics: West Bengal; Poverty in West Bengal; Conclusion: Opportunity structures and the making of political space; Endnotes; 3. Political Spaces: Social Relations of Power; Social class: Labour and caste; Labour; Caste; Rahimpur: An incorporative political place
Social relations of distribution: A polity controlled by precarious classesThe making of a differentiated political place; Roshanar Ward 5: A paternalistic political place; Social relations of production: An entrenched-precarious coalition against the poor; Social relations of distribution: A polity controlled by entrenched classes; The making of a paternalistic political place; Conclusion: Social relations of power and the making of political space; Endnotes; 4. From Clientelism to Citizenship?: The Politics of Supplications; I; Clientelism and citizenship
Social relations of production: An entrenched-poor coalition against the precariousSocial relations of distribution: A polity shaped by entrenched classes; The making of an incorporative political place; Sargana Ward 1: A populist political place; Social relations of production: A precarious-poor coalition against the entrenched; Social relations of distribution: A polity shaped by precarious classes; The making of a populist political place; Ditya: A differentiated political place; Social relations of production: The precarious classes against the labouring poor
The problem revisited: Negotiating the universal/particular conundrumPolitical spaces for negotiations: Opportunity structures and social relations; III; An ethnography of everyday negotiations; Endnotes; 2. Political Spaces: Institutional Opportunity Structures; I; A paradigmatic postcolonial democracy; India's unequal democracy: Perspectives on formal dimensions; India's unequal democracy: Perspectives on participatory dimensions; India's unequal democracy: Perspectives on social dimensions; II; Eastern India: Economic geography and social history; III
Summary Based on diverse sorts of data and fieldwork in India, this book analyses how the poor participate in a democracy
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed April 3, 2018)
Subject Democracy -- Social aspects -- India.
Marginality, Social -- Political aspects -- India.
Political participation -- India.
Poor -- Political activity -- India.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1316674347 (electronic bk.)
9781316674345 (electronic bk.)