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Venkatesh Athreya lectures on Rural Transformation in India
September 21, 2012 - 10:15-12:00
Professor Venkatesh Athreya from the Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai, India holds a SASNET lecture at Lund University on Friday 21 September.
During the seminar, organised in collaboration with the Dept. of Sociology, he will talk about ”Rural Transformation in India – Spill Over or Real Change?”. While India is now projected as an fast emerging global giant in terms of economic, industrial, scientific and cultural development, there is another side of the coin of mostly slow and stunted development in the rural economy. This is not just a matter of an agricultural impasse but also that of a small scale industrial economy engaging more than half of rural households in labour intensive but highly exploitative working conditions.
Professor Athreya has been co-operating for many years with Prof. Göran Djurfeldt and Prof. Emeritus Staffan Lindberg at Lund University. Among his most well-known publications are“Literacy and Empowerment” (Sage 1996) and “Barriers Broken” (with Djurfeldt and Lindberg, Sage 1990). Currently he is co-operating with Djurfeldt and Lindberg at Lund University in a restudy after 25 years of 213 agricultural households in the Cauvery delta in Tamilnadu.
Venue for the seminar: Conference room 3, Dept. of Sociology, Paradisgatan 5, Lund.