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Beyond sociology: structure, agency, and strategy among tenants in India

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  • Wendy Olsen

    (University of Manchester)

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This paper arises from the Global Poverty Research Group, under which I have conducted fieldwork about land rental relationships in rural south India. The paper introduces strategies as a solution to the theorists' dilemma of choice vs. constraints with particular respect to rural tenants' decisions. My aim is to treat tenants (as both households and as individual agents) in their structural contexts whilst respecting the complexity and co-mutuality of their agency.

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  • Wendy Olsen, 2008. "Beyond sociology: structure, agency, and strategy among tenants in India," SCEME Working Papers: Advances in Economic Methodology 021/2008, SCEME.
  • Handle: RePEc:sti:wpaper:021/2008
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    Keywords

    globalisation; India; agency; economic sociology;

    JEL classification:

    • B5 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches
    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East

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