Markets, Class and Social Change

Trading Networks and Poverty in Rural South Asia

  • Ben Crow

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
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    Pages 1-19
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    Pages 46-87
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    Pages 174-194
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    Pages 195-211
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    Pages 212-230
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 231-265

About this book


At the beginning of the twenty-first century an idealized view of markets informs government policy. Real differences in how markets interact with social change are obscured and public action on poverty is constrained. Markets, Class and Social Change uses a detailed study of the grain trade in Bangladesh to show how socially-constrained patterns of market involvement may systematically benefit the rich while disadvantaging the poor. More generally, the book suggests that markets are implicated in the making of society, its divisions, identities and directions.


Asia government policy growth network networks poverty trade trader trading

Authors and affiliations

  • Ben Crow
    • 1
  1. 1.Sociology DepartmentUniversity of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA

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