Here the recent history of development of the paddy-rice sector in the rural locality, the local town, and - of late - the national and international markets is unpacked on the basis of surveys and repeated field visits from the period 1973 to 2010 - with the dual aims of evaluating the social character and competence of ‘local capitalism’ and explaining how rice markets and processing come to be spatially clustered. The first objective elicits an account of the evolution of the sector’s scale and asset structures, organizational capacities, finance, technological change, social structuring, labour exploitation, branding, regulative practices and political power. The second requires exploring the paradox of dynamic change coexisting with low levels of technology.
Harriss-White, B. &#8216;Local Capitalism&#8217; and the Development of the Rice Economy, 1973&#8211;2010. In: Middle India and Urban-Rural Development. (2015) 97-130. ISBN 978-81-322-2430-3 [DOI: 10.1007/978-81-322-2431-0_4]