Socio-Economic Surveys of Three Villages in Andhra Pradesh
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.
“Village studies highlight features of society that are often overlooked and overshadowed by macro-studies of the economy. A recent study presents extraordinarily rich, unusually detailed and intensely disturbing data on agrarian relations, livelihoods, economic distress, discrimination and disadvantage faced by families living in three villages of Andhra Pradesh. A careful reading leaves one with a deep sense of fear and shock.”
A.K. Shiva Kumar, The Hindu
“…the present Report… assumes considerable importance in understanding the nature of agrarian transformation in a major agricultural state in the country.”
D. Narasimha Reddy, Economic and Political Weekly