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Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

BACKWATERS OF DEVELOPMENT, SIX DEPRIVED STATES OF INDIA, edited by Shovan Ray, OUP, Rs 750



This volume looks at the economic performance and aspects of human development in states deemed backward in these respects: Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Orissa. The essays examine issues such as gender gaps, rural–urban distinctions, and differences between regions and parts of a state, or even within regions in a state.

EDUCATION, UNEMPLOYMENT AND MASCULINITIES IN INDIA, by Craig Jeffrey, Patricia Jeffery and Roger Jeffery, Orient Blackswan, Rs 695

Education is widely associated with the capacity to transform the prospects of the poor. But this book argues that in the context of widespread unemployment in rural north India, education is better understood as a contradictory resource. It provides marginalized youth with certain freedoms but also draws them tightly into systems of inequality.

LANDSCAPES AND THE LAW: ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS, REGIONAL HISTORIES, AND CONTESTS OVER NATURE, by Gunnel Cederlöf, Permanent Black, Rs 695

This book examines the complex ways by which customary rights over nature are redefined and codified for legitimizing colonial rule. Basing her archival and field work on the Nilgiri Hills in South India, Gunnel Cederlöf traces how the empirical sciences merge with legal claims to justify land acquisition during the 19th century.

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