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Globalization, State and Disempowerment: A Study of Cotton Farmers' Suicide in Warangal

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Menon, Sudha Venu
Date: 2007
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4503
Sector: Social Organization
Global Commons
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): globalization
economic development
structural adjustment
cash crops
Abstract: "The ideology of globalization and its practice based on neo-liberal paradigm has played a vital role in re-arranging the architecture of global economic and political order. Central to this new economic dispensation is a shift in the role of the state, particularly in its commitment towards the mass of the people from where it supposed to drives its strength according to democratic traditions. Supporters of Globalization often believes that inflow of foreign capital, advanced technology, market economy and the resultant economic growth will automatically take care of issues of social justice and equity. However these claims seem to be meaningless in the present global economic order based on wide disparities in power relations and resource distribution. There exists a dramatic paradox between the theoretical discourse on global economic growth and prosperity, and the naked reality of impoverishment, social exclusion and disempowerment affecting vast majority of marginalized groups in society. Against this background, the present paper seeks to explore the relationship among the three-core concept of Globalization, Nation state and Disempowerment in the context of neo liberal agenda and Indian states commitment to Structural Adjustment Programme. The paper doesn't criticize Globalization perse, but try to project how global integration follows high social cost, especially in the absence of stable, effective and efficient economic base."

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