- The Jan Breman Omnibus
- Number of pages
- New Delhi: Oxford University Press
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
This Omnibus brings together three classic works of the renowned sociologist and anthropologist, Jan Breman. It comprises Of Peasants, Migrants and Paupers (1985), Wage Hunters and Gatherers (1994), and The Labouring Poor in India (2003), reflecting his scholarship over a period of three decades. The introduction, by Sujata Patel, analyses Breman’s research on the nature of capitalism in Gujarat, examines his remarkable contribution to the debate on the theory of the ‘informal sector’, and discusses how his intellectual eclecticism and interdisciplinary methods of fieldwork have opened up a new perspective in the area of sociology of development, labour and migration studies. In addition, in a candid interview with Yolanda van Ede—of the University of Amsterdam—Breman talks, among other things, about his family background, his academic life, and his fieldwork. Of Peasants, Migrants and Paupers delineates the dynamics of the agrarian class structure, the interrelations of caste and class and the surrounding social world. It examines the relations between the Kanbi Patidars, an upwardly mobile caste of landowners and their traditional farm servants, the Dublas. Wage Hunters and Gatherers is concerned with the huge mass of unskilled labour wandering around in search of work in western India. It critically analyses the concept of the informal sector and draws attention to the large segment of unskilled labour. The Labouring Poor in India focuses on rural society in a globalizing India and the urban migration of unskilled and socially underprivileged labour into informal sector of the economy.
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