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"Labour, state and society in rural India"A class-relational approach$
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Jonathan Pattenden

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089145

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089145.001.0001

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Organisations of labouring class women

Organisations of labouring class women

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"Labour, state and society in rural India"

Jonathan Pattenden

Manchester University Press

This chapter assesses the capacity of a social movement of female agricultural labourers to challenge dominant class control of local government institutions, and modify class relations in favour of labour. It also outlines resistance to gender and caste-based forms of oppression. Focusing on three different village-level associations, it analyses why social movement processes play out differently in different locations, and how such forms of organisation might be scaled up. It argues that, despite their limitations, such organisations can provide a significant contribution to pro-labouring class change.

Keywords:   Social movement, Class relations, Gender Relations, Caste Relations, Female labourers, Local Government Institutions

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