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Subverting the social question: India in comparative perspective
India today is in the throes of a transition away from the developmental state to a neoliberal one. What has been the outcome of this transition for the social question, or the contradictions between India’s different social classes, especially the laboring poor?
In this lecture, Professor Breman contends that the social question has been effectively subverted in India. He will first trace the emergence of the social question in India during the decades of the developmental state, and then chart the ways in which the state and societal actors negotiated this question and eventually subverted it as India embraced the globalized world order during the 1980s. He will conclude with reflections on the fate of the social question elsewhere in Asia.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Professor Jan Breman (1936) is a comparative sociologist of labour who taught at the universities of Erasmus and Amsterdam, and teaches at the International Institute of Social Studies in the Hague as well as at the International Institute of Asian Studies at Leiden. Jan has been visiting professor in India (Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi), in China (Xiamen University, School of Public Affairs) and in Indonesia (Agricultural University, Bogor). He has consulted for ILO, UNRISD, ESCAP, Asian Development Bank, as well as various non-government agencies.
Chair: Barbara Harriss-White
Discussant: Nandini Gooptu
Series Convener: Indrajit Roy
- Professor Jan Breman (Amsterdam Institute of Social Research)