Modelling Social Mobility in Rural Tamil Nadu

Göran Djurfeldt, Venkatesh B. Athreya, N. Jayakumar, Staffan Lindberg, A. Rajagopal, R. Vidyasagar

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This is a study of social mobility over 25 years in six villages in the former Tiruchy District in Tamil Nadu. The two most important external drivers are local industrialization and social policy in a broad sense. Analyzing mobility matrices by means of regression techniques, it is shown that the overall effect is a centripetal tendency in agrarian structure, with tendencies towards a strengthened position for family farming and for both the topdogs and the underdogs in the old agrarian society to leave agriculture altogether, seeking improved life chances in the non-agrarian economy, both inside the villages and in the wider economy.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
Publication statusUnpublished - 2007

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)

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  • Sociology India social mobility


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