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Decentring Development

Understanding Change in Agrarian Societies


Part of the Anthropology, Change and Development book series (ACD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Tanya Jakimow
      Pages 1-14
  3. Rethinking Social Change through the Development Actor

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Tanya Jakimow
      Pages 17-39
    3. Tanya Jakimow
      Pages 40-59
  4. Understanding Agrarian Societies in Research for Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-65
    2. Tanya Jakimow
      Pages 67-95
    3. Tanya Jakimow
      Pages 96-118
  5. Recognising the Unintended Consequences of Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-121
    2. Tanya Jakimow
      Pages 123-144
    3. Tanya Jakimow
      Pages 145-165
  6. Conclusion: Decentring Development in Research for Development

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 174-200

About this book


The ways we understand processes of agrarian change are pressing issues for policy makers and development practitioners. Interpreting changes in two agrarian societies in India and Indonesia, the author reveals how transformations to self are critical factors shaping change, as well as under-recognized consequences of development initiatives.


Agrarian change institutions self personhood subjectivity livelihoods development research for development Telangana India Lombok Indonesia political economy anthropology Institution Moral social change transformation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of New South WalesAustralia

About the authors

Tanya Jakimow is Senior Lecturer and DECRA Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Australia. She has published in the fields of livelihoods, agrarian change, and NGOs in India and Indonesia. Her most recent book Peddlers of Information: Indian NGOs in the Information Age was published in 2012.

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“Decentring Development is an important and interesting theoretical contribution to this pragmatic and oft-repeated question. … This reviewer enjoyed the critical observations and analysis of development in this book. Jakimow makes a strong case for the extension of critical and decentred approaches into donor-funded development research. … I would suggest that development practitioners are surprisingly reflexive about their profession and would welcome Decentring Development … .” (Melissa Johnston, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol. 46 (3), 2016)