A tale of three villages

On behalf of the Foundation for Agrarian Studies (a charitable trust based in India and established in 2003 with the objective of facilitating and sponsoring multi-disciplinary theoretical and empirical enquiry in the field of agrarian studies in India and elsewhere in less-developed countries) Tulika Books, New Delhi brings out Socio-Economic Surveys of Three Villages in Andhra Pradesh: A Study of Agrarian Relations, edited by V K Ramachandran, Vikas Rawal, and Madhura Swaminathan.

This volume is a field report on surveys of agrarian relations in three villages in Andhra Pradesh conducted by scholars of the Foundation for Agrarian Studies. The study villages are Ananthavaram village in Kollur mandal, Guntur district; Bukkacherla village in Raptadu mandal, Anantapur district; and Kothapalle village in Thimmapur L.M.D. Mandal, Karimnagar district.

This volume presents an analysis of statistical data collected through the village surveys with a special focus on differences across socio-economic classes and social groups. There are separate chapters on land and asset inequality, tenancy, household incomes, crop incomes, employment and wages, indebtedness, literacy and school education, and household amenities.

The report attempts to contribute information, statistical data and analysis to the discussion on agrarian relations and economic distress in contemporary rural Andhra Pradesh and India.

In our Development Studies section, in paperback, 252 pages, Rs 295. ISBN: 9788189487676