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Making social science matter 2: how the rural poor see the state in Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal

Corbridge, Stuart, Williams, Glyn, Srivastava, Manoj and Veron, Rene (2003) Making social science matter 2: how the rural poor see the state in Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. Economic and Political Weekly, 38 (25). pp. 2561-2569. ISSN 0012-9976

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Part I of this paper, which appeared last week, described the patterns of participation of the rural poor in state-sponsored schemes and the characteristics of political society in each of the blocks and districts studied. It also provided evidence on the scale and significane of rent-seeking behaviour, and a preliminary mapping of what has been called 'the anthropology of the everyday state'. We turn now to a discussion of an 'action research' project that followed on from our 'academic' research. This project involved the research team in a prolonged dialogue with different groups of actors in Malda and Bhojpur districts that we had identified as 'failing' districts from the point of view of effective pro-poor governance. We comment briefly on the background to this research and describe how we organised the action research process before proceeding to present the main findings of the workshops that we held in these two districts. These findings speak of the ways in which different groups of stakeholders, and members of the rural poor most especially, see the state in Bhojpur and Malda and how they would like to see certain practices of the state abolished, extended or reformed.

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Additional Information: © 2003 Economic and Political Weekly
Divisions: International Development
Geography & Environment
Asia Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2021 23:14

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