India's Market Society

Three Essays in Political Economy

First Edition

Subjects: Social studies,

ISBN(s) 81-88789-21-6, 81-88789-20-8
Pub. Date July 2005
Pages xiv+238 pages
Dimensions Demy 8vo
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Barbara Harriss-White’s work breaks new ground in showing how non-market and non-state institutions shape India’s market society. She focuses on markets for land, labour and essential commodities in small town economies to show the vitality of caste and ‘religious pluralism’ (among other factors) in their functioning. Far from being vestiges of an earlier era, she argues that both caste and religion are being reworked in the contemporary era to ensure the subservience of small town economies to the interests of big capital and imperialist globalisation. The linkages between small town economies and the workings of Capital come alive in her analysis. She examines the ground realities of the markets which form the building blocks of Indian capitalism and the attendant crisis of democracy and the deprivations of the people.


  1. Preamble
  2. Market Romanticism and India’s Regulative Order
  3. Caste‑Corporatist Capitalism : Civil Society and Accumulation (with Elisabetta Basile)
  4. India’s Religions and the Economy

About Barbara Harriss-White Read full profile ›

Barbara Harriss-White has been Professor of Development Studies at Queen Elizabeth House and Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford University, UK. Since 1969 she has researched agrarian change in South Asia through field studies of villages, small town... Read more

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