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Course Teacher: Dr. Rinju Rasaily
Email of course coordinator: rinju[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in
Time Slot-Wed 9-11 am and Friday 11-1 pm, CR 6
Aim: This course specifically aims to inculcate the skills of reflective reading and thinking through the lens of understanding the rural – urban interlinkages.
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
Unit I: Understanding the rural
This unit introduces the students to the classical readings around the village and its underlying social structure. Its relationships explained through concepts such as the jajmani system, patron-client relationship and so on that existed and changed over time. The attempt is to provide the students with a social landscape of the village as understood through the empirical literature.
Unit II: Debunking the stereotypes
This unit takes forward in understanding the changes in the agrarian context in terms of ‘culture’ influenced by the economy and the market and how disciplines have shaped in analyzing such contexts.
Unit III: Village India: From ‘Little republic’ to ‘village on sale’
This unit particularly focuses on the shifts and changes that are occurring in village societies as a result of macro changes in the agrarian economy post Green Revolution.
Unit IV: Understanding Urban, Urbanism and Urbanization
This unit while introducing certain important concepts such as urbanization and commercialization through the existing literature discusses the changes occurring in social and well as political relationships in the Indian context. It also emphasises how the concept of urbanism triggers individualism and redefines the urban.
Unit V: Understanding the City and its Political Economy
This unit specifically looks at how aspects of culture play a role in shaping of a city in terms of its economy as well as societal characteristic.
Unit VI: Cities of Everyday Life: Migration, Slum, Neighbourhood, Culture
This unit specifically studies migration as a concept and how it shapes the urban in terms of its social space as determined by livelihoods.
Unit-VII: Towards the liminal space beyond the Urban and Rural
This unit addresses the space beyond the urban and rural through the readings of Singer and Scott and raises a question whether a divide really exists between the rural and urban.
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