11 November, 2012

Social and Political Change in Uttar Pradesh : European Perspectives

Social and Political Change in Uttar Pradesh : European Perspectives

By- Roger Jeffery and Jens Lerche (eds)

The state of Uttar Pradesh—India’s most populous, but also one of its poorest—is in crisis, lagging behind the rest of the country in terms of social development, economic growth, and women’s empowerment, with inefficient and ineffective democratic institutions. In this timely book, established scholars and new voices from Europe reflect on aspects of the perilous condition of UP, addressing a range of issues, all drawing on intensive and extended fieldwork.

What used to be UP’s strength has turned into its weakness. Its position in India—as the quintessential Indian state – is unique, but no specific UP-identity has been developed. In papers discussing people’s own perceptions of core social and political issues, local ideas of what is needed for development are discussed. Gender relations are a central concern of two papers, one on customary marriage and divorce practices at village level and the other on changing notions of education for girls and the images of the UP plains held by those in the hills. Other papers deal with the social bases and ideology of the separatist movement in the UP hills; with Dalits and farmers, and the political organizations aiming to represent their interests; with farmers, and how far the BKU is articulating their demands in western UP; and with how Jats in western UP are changing the way they maintain their dominance. The two final papers discuss how modern mass media—TV and newspapers—are shaping developments in UP.

The book—a major advance in our understanding of contemporary patterns of social change in UP—will be essential reading for concerned citizens, students and academics alike.

Roger Jeffery holds a personal chair in the Sociology of South Asia in the University of Edinburgh. His research interests are in social demography, rural social change, social aspects of forestry and education and social inequality. Since 1982 he has carried out three extended periods of research in Bijnor district, each concerned with gender relationships.

Jens Lerche has taught Development Studies at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) since 1994. His main research interests are rural labour relations and the role of government institutions in India and Nepal. He has researched Uttar Pradesh since 1992, investigating socio-economic and political processes influenceing the livelihoods of the rural poor, the feminization of agricultural labour; emergence of new types of labour relations within modern agriculture; and violent dominance of rural workers.

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