Power, Protest and Participation: Local Elites and Development in India


The attitudes of local elites - the hinge between Indian state and rural society - towards protest and participation in development. Illuminates arguments about the nature of the state as well as the development process.
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The attitudes of local elites - the hinge between Indian state and rural society - towards protest and participation in development. Illuminates arguments about the nature of the state as well as the development process.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415078405
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/29/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 334
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1 Local Elites and the Politics of Rural Development 1
The Problem Defined 1
Putting Local Development in the Context of Social and Economic Change 3
Power, Protest and Legitimacy 6
The Political Universe of India's Rural Elites 11
The Region and Local Elites as Key Parameters of the Model of Development 14
An Alternative View of Local Elites as Socially Cohesive 'Dominant' Elites 22
Post-Independence Development Policy in India 23
The Social Consequences of Development 26
Protest Movements as an Alternative Form of Political Action 28
An Interactive Model of Participation in Development 30
The Context of Research 33
Plan of the Book 37
2 The Regional Context: The Social and Economic Background of Rural Development 38
The Objectives 38
The Regional Government and Policy Environment as Elements of the National Development Grid 41
The Institutions Connected with Development at the District Level 51
Surat District: Historical Background and Institutional Facilities 52
Politics and Social Mobility 59
Dhenkanal District 62
3 The Elements of Design 76
The Objectives 76
The Personal and Social Attributes of Local Elites 80
Stratification below the District Level 83
Use of the Reputational Method for the Identification of the Interview Sample 86
Inherited Status and Acquired Power: The Socio-demographic Profile of the Sample 89
The Social Heterogeneity of Local Elites 91
Intergenerational Mobility 97
Organisational Affiliation and Elite Status 199
4 Setting the Local Agenda: The Problems, Progress and Agency of Rural Development 107
The Objectives 107
The Key Role of Local Elites as Opinion Makers 110
The Scope for Local Choice in Social and Economic Change 112
Room for Local Initiative 113
The Conceptualisation of Social and Economic Change 122
Solutions 129
The Effect of Social Class 131
A General Evaluation of Progress 135
5 The Social Construction of Local Conflict: Unequal Benefits, Radical Protest and Social Cohesion 141
The Objectives 141
Economic Change and Local Conflict 142
Radicalisation of the Local Political Arena 152
The Social Correlates of Radicalism 156
Conflict and Cohesion in the Local Arena 161
6 Institutional Participation and Radical Protest: The State, Society and Room for Manoeuvre in the Middle 173
The Objectives 173
The Rational, Moral and Cultural Models of Action 174
Local Elites and the Development Environment 178
The Nature of Elite Initiative and Efficacy 184
Socio-structural and Political Factors in the Benefits of Development 193
The Relationship of Institutional Participation and Radical Protest 198
7 Conclusion: The Two Faces of Development: Protest and Participation in India 206
The Problem Restated 206
Order, Development and the Polarisation Thesis 211
Situating the Model in the Indian Context 216
The Field Strategy for Identifying Rural Netas 218
The Rhetoric of Local Development 220
Region, Class and the Formation of Political Communities 221
General Implications of the Model of the Two Faces of Development 228
The State and Local Development in India 232
Appendix 243
The Background of the Survey 243
The Questionnaire and the Principal Results of the Survey 245
Notes 262
Bibliography 290
Author Index 307
Subject Index 309
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