Market power: traders, farmers, and the politics of class-making in Pakistani Punjab

My research is principally concerned with the articulation of power in Punjabi agricultural commodity markets and the multiple means by which traders dominate small farmers and labour. To this end my thesis empirically investigates class formation and reproduction and the role of social institutions and the state in regulating exchange in capitalist markets.

Based on in-depth qualitative analysis of traders operating in one agricultural market in Punjab, I update existing analyses of economic and political practices in Pakistan and map the mutually constitutive relationships between the economic, social, and political spheres.