Since its inception, Development Studies has tended to restrict its critical enquiries to nations in the ‘Third World.’ The field’s important studies of labor markets, who circulates within them, and the controversies such issues generate, have hitherto been confined ’lesser developed’ societies. In this important collection, drawing from key texts over the course Tom Brass’s career, these concerns are deftly deployed to examine how these same phenomena affect metropolitan capitalist countries.
The reviews, review essays, and essays collected here examine these issues that are now relevant to metropolitan capitalism, as well as their political and ideological effects and implications
About the Author
Tom Brass , D.Phil (1982) formerly lectured in the SPS Faculty at Cambridge University and directed studies for Queens' College. He edited The Journal of Peasant Studies for almost two decades, and has published extensively on agrarian issues and rural labour relations, including Class, Culture and the Agrarian Myth (Brill, 2014).
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements ... ixIntroduction: Labour Markets, Identities, Controversies ... 1 Part 1: Reviews 1 Reinventing India? ... 332 Saints and Sinners ... 443 Seeing Ghosts ... 514 Brief Encounters with Class ... 565 Interns Interned ... 596 Marxist Academics and Liberal Hypocrisy ... 627 Backing into the Limelight ... 688 A Marxist Defence of Marxist Theory ... 739 Houellebecq, Anthropologist? ... 77 Part 2: Review Essays 10 The Struggle of/(over) Post-emancipation Rural Labour (‘At Their Perfect Command’?)... 8511 Shifts and Stasis in Development Studies ... 10612 Zomia, or a Postmodern History of Nowhere ... 14013 The Populist Drift of Global Labour History ... 157 Part 3: Essays 14 The Sabotage of Anthropology and the Anthropologist as Saboteur ... 18115 How Agrarian Cooperatives Fail: Lessons from 1970s Peru ... 19216 Capitalism Bonded Labour in India: Reinterpreting Recent (Re-)Interpretations ... 23917 The Unsaying of Marxism: Capitalist Accumulation and Unfreedom ... 29218 Academia as Mode of Seduction, or the Elephant in the Socialist Room ... 31219 The Industrial Reserve Army: What’s Not to Like? ... 354Bibliography ... 385Author Index ... 425Subject Index ... 433