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Tilche, Alice and Simpson, Edward (2018) 'Marriage and the crisis of peasant society in Gujarat, India.' Journal of Peasant Studies, 45 (7). pp. 1518-1538.

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This contribution takes marriage as the example of a crisis of production and reproduction in rural India. Through the juxtaposition of ethnography separated by six decades, we detail a shift away from land and agriculture as the primary markers of status among the Patidars of central Gujarat, western India, in favour of a hierarchical understanding of international migration. The paper discusses the disconnect between a cultural revolution in favour of migration, and the failure of many to live up to their own cultural standards. More broadly, we reflect on the forces that simultaneously strengthen and dissolve caste inequality in the context of India's uneven growth.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Agrarian transformation, migration, marriage
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Anthropology & Sociology
ISSN: 17439361
Copyright Statement: © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2018 14:49
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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