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Publications [#291759] of Vasant Kaiwar

Papers Published

  1. Kaiwar, V, Nature, property and polity in Colonial Bombay, Journal of Peasant Studies, vol. 27 no. 2 (January, 2000), pp. 1-49, Informa UK Limited, ISSN 0306-6150 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
    (last updated on 2021/01/22)

    This article contends that ecological issues are vital to understanding the long-term dynamic of the agricultural economy and have to be considered along with class/property structures and the state. It examines the underpinnings, potentialities and limitations of the colonial discourse of agriculture as a field for improvement and suggests that the neglect of this literature by latter-day economic historians has led to either Promethean or Malthusian discourses of limited explanatory value. This article notes that combining the insights of this earlier discourse with recent attempts at theorising the links between nature, property and polity constitutes the most promising line of development.

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