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Title: Rural commercial capital : accumulation, class and power in Pakistani Punjab
Author: Jan, Muhammad Ali
ISNI:       0000 0004 7959 9967
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2017
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Abstract:
The thesis examines the processes of capital accumulation, class formation and agrarian change taking place in small town 'provincial' Punjab, Pakistan. It does so through an analysis of the system of commodity markets in two distinct areas of the province. Based on extensive field research, it argues that agricultural markets are differentiated not only by function and technology but also by economic segmentation. At the top of the commercial hierarchy in both areas, it identifies a group that accumulates capital across the rural-urban, agro-commercial divide, that we term rural commercial capitalist (RCC). The thesis examines the strategies through which they establish control over commodity markets, raise finance and organize labour and how these strategies shape the institutional structure of the Agro-commercial markets themselves. Finally, it argues that in order to understand the evolution and current composition of the class, its diverse origins in distinct status groups need to be identified in order to understand the processes of class formation taking place in Pakistan more concretely.
Supervisor: Harriss-White, Barbara ; Sud, Nikita Sponsor: Higher Education Commission ; Government of Pakistan
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.772510  DOI: Not available
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