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Contemporary Agriculture Issues from Dakshina Kannada: A Field View

Author Affiliations

  • 1 School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Deonar, Mumbai, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 2, Issue (1), Pages 24-28, January,14 (2013)


This paper was written as a part of my PhD dissertation on the Karnataka Organic Farming Policy implemented by the Government of Karnataka in 2004, were I have interfaced between the policy- project and narrated the existing constraints of the development project in village level. A village is a powerful idea for analysis in social science discipline, as it gives the researcher an opportunity to explore the socio-economic, political, cultural dynamics of the society. It brings out the interconnected and intra-connected dynamics between the communities, social structure and peripheries of the communities. The villages have their own historical, cultural narratives and they create an interesting 'field' for an anthropological enquiry for exploring the agrarian society. Through an ethnography approach, I try to narrate the existing contemporary agriculture issues in Dakshina Kannada. The explorative study tries to understand the agriculture issues of Bettadka village in Dakshina Kannada district and reflects on development and agriculture from the region.


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