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Development Failure and Identity Politics in Uttar Pradesh

Development Failure and Identity Politics in Uttar Pradesh

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Roger Jeffery - Professor of Sociology of South Asia, University of Edinburgh
  • Craig Jeffrey - University of Oxford, UK
  • Jens Lerche - School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

August 2014 | 284 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Development Failure and Identity Politics in Uttar Pradesh provides a qualitative, in-depth understanding of development failures and identity politics in Uttar Pradesh (UP). It investigates neoliberal change and political transformation in India through the lens of UP, India’s largest and, by some measures, poorest state. It examines the connection between transitions in the contemporary economy of India and transformations in politics from the standpoint of UP. The book demonstrates how an understanding of dynamics in UP might provide new perspective on issues such as the state, the civil society, caste, democracy and social impact of economic reforms—issues that are the subject of vigorous debate in India as a whole. 

Craig Jeffrey
Introduction: Democratisation in Uttar Pradesh
Satendra Kumar
Rural Transformation and Occupational Diversification in Western Uttar Pradesh: Economic and Demographic Changes in a Village
Patricia Jeffery
Underserved and Overdosed? Muslims and the Pulse Polio Initiative in Rural North India
Ali Mehdi
The Elusive Pursuit of Social Justice for Dalits in Uttar Pradesh
Manuela Ciotti
Agency in Words, Self-representation in Action: Connecting and Disconnecting Dalit and Low-Caste Women With India’s History of Gender and Politics
Lucia Michelutti and Oliver Heath
Political Cooperation And Distrust: Identity Politics and Yadav-Muslim Relations, 1999–2009
Radhika Govinda
On Whose Behalf? Women’s Activism and Identity Politics in Uttar Pradesh
Assa Doron
The Politics of Identity and the People Left Behind: The Mallah Community of Uttar Pradesh
Philippa Williams
Working Narratives of Intercommunity Harmony in Varanasi’s Silk Sari Industry
Zoya Hasan
Democracy and Development in Uttar Pradesh

[The book] is highly scholarly and the conclusions drawn have the caution becoming of academics...a valuable addition to the study of Indian politics at grassroots.

The Hindu

[The book] provides a qualitative understanding of development failures and identity politics in the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP)... an important addition to the study of Indian Politics at grassroots... it examines neo-liberal change and political transformation in India through the lens of UP and the link between shift in contemporary economy of India and change in politics from the perspective of UP...the contributions to this book not only highlights this mismatch between formal and substantive democratization, but also looks into the lived consistencies of life in Uttar Pradesh.

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