Listen to the full audio (above) of the talk by Dr Michael Levien, based on his upcoming book, where he offers a reconstruction of existing theories of the relationship between dispossession and capitalism.
Drawing on his ethnographic study of Rajasthani villages dispossessed for one of North India’s largest Special Economic Zones, Dr Levien attempts to address three major questions: how has land dispossession changed with the shift from state-led development to neoliberalism in India? What are the consequences of this change for dispossessed farmers? And what are the implications of this change for our understanding of India’s land wars?
Dr Michael Levien is assistant professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University.
This talk was organised by the CPR Land Rights Initiative.