Capitalism and Bonded Labour in India: Reinterpreting Recent (Re-) Interpretations

  title={Capitalism and Bonded Labour in India: Reinterpreting Recent (Re-) Interpretations},
  author={Tom Brass},
  journal={The Journal of Peasant Studies},
  pages={177 - 248}
  • T. Brass
  • Published 1 April 2008
  • Economics
  • The Journal of Peasant Studies
Examined here is the way the link between capitalism and bonded labour has been interpreted and reinterpreted in the debate over the past half century about rural development in India. A number of those who initially equated debt bondage with a pre-capitalist production relation, and dismissed arguments that unfree labour and accumulation were compatible, changed their minds and espoused the interpretation they had previously opposed. Among the resulting errors perpetuated by more recent… 
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